Kei Nishikori had a difficult start in his bid to defend the title in Memphis.

The world no.5 had to rally from 1 set deficit against Ryan Harrison to finally win 3-6 6-3 6-4. Kei won this match scoring the same amount of points as Ryan’s (90). Match Stats.

Kei wasn’t very happy for his tennis, but he believed that this kind of wins is good for the confidence “It was a tight game, but I’m really happy to win. I think it’s important to win something like this sometimes, it’s good for confidence, but I have to raise my level a little more tomorrow.

I always love to play here, and I feel like it’s becoming my tournament. I know it’s not easy to defend titles, but I think mentally I’m ready. I’ve been playing well and I’m really comfortable playing here.”

Next vs. Krajicek

Kei will play world no. 156 and qualifier Austin Krajicek for a place in the quarters. The Dutch has defeated Karlovic in 3 sets. This is the first time Kei will play Austin.

NISHIKORI IN ACTION                                       

ATP Memphis draw
 

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