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Kei Nishikori breaks five times to beat Noah Rubin at the New York Open on Tuesday.

Nishikori Spoils Rubin's Homecoming With Another Win On His Comeback

Japanese star has now won six matches in a row

Noah Rubin couldn't have envisioned a better start during his homecoming on the ATP World Tour. The Long Island native, facing former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori, broke and led 3-0 on Tuesday at the New York Open in Long Island. A win over Nishikori would have been among the biggest of Rubin's young career.

But then Nishikori, who's continuing his comeback from right-wrist surgery, ruined the party. The 28-year-old played steady tennis and came back to win his first tour-level match since 9 August (l. Monfils in Montreal) 7-5, 6-3 in New York.

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“He started very well, very aggressive. Serving well. I think he played a little better than me in the first set. Second set I was playing a little better, a little more aggressive,” Nishikori said.

Nishikori has now won six matches in a row after reeling off five consecutively to win the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas, an ATP Challenger Tour event, earlier this month. “It helped me a lot for my confidence tennis-wise, and also was a big help for my wrist,” Nishikori said of the Challenger title.

Nishikori will next face Russian Evgeny Donskoy, who beat Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos 7-5, 6-1.

In other action, Spain's Adrian Menendez-Maceiras saved five match points to beat home favourite and seventh seed Steve Johnson 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(7) and claim his fourth tour-level win. Johnson led 5-2 in the third set and had two match points on Menendez-Maceiras' serve at 5-3. But the Spaniard erased them both, and three more consecutively from 3/6 down in the third-set tie-break.

The Spaniard will next meet Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who beat Italian qualifier Stefano Travaglia 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-4.

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