Nishikori reaches New York semi-finals with comeback win
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[February 17, 2018]
(Reuters) - Japan's Kei
Nishikori survived his toughest test since his return to the ATP
Tour, having to come back from behind to beat Radu Albot 4-6 6-3 6-1
on Friday to reach the semi-final of the New York Open.
Playing in his first ATP tournament since August, Nishikori had
enjoyed straight set victories in the first two rounds before
dropping the first set to Albot. But the 28-year-old regained
momentum in the match by controlling his serve and breaking Albot's
service six times.
"It was a very tough start. I think he was playing very good
tennis," Nishikori was quoted as saying on the ATP Tour website.
"During the second set I started getting my rhythm back and started
playing a little more inside the baseline and everything started
working well... (I'm) very happy to win today."
Nishikori will now face South African Kevin Anderson who overcame
American Frances Tiafoe 6-3 5-7 6-4 in a two-hour battle.
In earlier matches, second seed Sam Querrey topped Croatian Ivo
Karlovic 7-6(5) 7-6(4).
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Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a backhand against Gael Monfils of
France (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at
Uniprix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
He will meet Adrian Mannarino in the other semi-final after
Mannarino overcame Spain's Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 7-5 2-6 6-3.
Nishikori suffered a right wrist injury in August which forced him
to miss last year's U.S. Open and the Australian Open at the start
of the season.
The former U.S. Open finalist has since made his comeback to
competition by playing in Challenger events.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Sudipto
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