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Kei Nishikori wins in first ATP Tour match since 2021 after recovering from hip surgery

Kei Nishikori wins in first ATP Tour match since 2021 after recovering from hip surgery

In June he made a comeback, to the world of competition. Emerged victorious in a Challenger Tour tournament held in Puerto Rico.

In the opening round of the ATP Atlanta Open, Kei Nishikori, from Japan displays his skills by making a shot, against Jordan Thompson.

Kei Nishikori emerged victorious on Tuesday marking his return, to the ATP Tour after a two year hiatus. He secured a fought victory against Jordan Thompson with 7 6 (5) 7 6 (5) sets, in an exhilarating Atlanta Open match. Read Also: Harmanpreet accusation confirmed in viral video as post-match act forces BAN team away from photograph session

The Japanese player who finished as the runner up, in the 2014 U.S. Open had not competed since October 2021 when

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he participated in the Indian Wells tournament. Following that he underwent hip surgery in January 2022 which resulted in him being inactive for, over 17 months.

He returned to competition in June, winning a Challenger Tour event in Puerto Rico.

“I’m really happy the way I played today, because I mean a played a couple Challengers last couple of weeks, but today against Jordan it’s a different level than playing in the Challengers,” Kei Nishikori said, “and first game I was like, ‘Oh, I have to play good today,’ and I did. I did quite well today.”

Kei Nishikori, 33, has dropped to 439th in the ATP Tour rankings. He rose to No. 4 in 2015, shortly after defeating Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals, making him Asia’s first male Grand Slam singles finalist.

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