Nishikori Moves Past Rubin At New York Open

LONG ISLAND, February 14, 2018

Kei Nishikori headlined Tuesday’s first round action of the New York Open, held at the NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Coliseum. The No. 5 seed from Japan edged past Noah Rubin from the United States 7-5, 6-3.

Nishikori won 72 per cent of his first service points and broke his opponent five times to secure victory in one hour and 34 minutes. The 2014 US Open runner-up is back on the ATP World Tour for the first time since losing to Gael Monfils in Montreal on 9 August of last year, having been sidelined with a right wrist injury. He comes into New York on a winning streak, having claimed the ATP Challenger Tour event in Dallas two weeks ago.

“It helped me a lot to form my confidence tennis-wise and also a big help for my wrist,” Nishikori told. “I think I played four matches in a row and my wrist was okay. So, that is pretty important for me, right now being physically strong. Tennis, it’s going to take [some] time, so I try to fight slowly every match and hope I can play good tennis next match.” 

Nishikori will next face Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, who beat Victor Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic 7-5, 6-1.

Menéndez-Maceiras Rallies Past Johnson

Adrian Menéndez-Maceiras from Spain caused the upset of the day, as he knocked out No. 7 seed Steve Johnson from the United States. The 32-year-old qualifier withstood 21 aces, hitting six of his own to claim a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 win in two hours and 12 minutes.

“Starting from the qualifying match, and first match I was 0-5 in the first set, and then I comeback and won my match. Second round qualies, I was love-three, I think, in the first set,” Menéndez-Maceiras said. “Today, it was 1-6 in the first, but, I think mentally I am very strong. So, I am [going to] keep fighting and trying to find my game, and that’s what I did today.

“New York is a great city, I love to come here, and the U.S. Open was my first Grand Slam. I remember, I think I was 20 years old or 21. So, it was very nice- so every year I love to come here in the summer and now with this new event, for sure, I’ll be back here.”

Next up for Menéndez-Maceiras will be French veteran Jeremy Chardy. The 31-year-old from Pau outlasted Italian qualifier Stefano Travaglia 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. The encounter lasted two hours and six minutes.