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Brit Evans upsets Nishikori in US Open 1st round

August 26. 2013 2:35PM
Associated Press

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(AP) British qualifier Daniel Evans stunned 11th-seeded Kei Nishikori in straight sets for the first big upset of the U.S. Open.

The 179th-ranked Evans won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday. He was making his debut at Flushing Meadows and had been 0-2 in Grand Slam matches, both at Wimbledon. The 23-year-old had to rally from a set down in his final match of qualifying to make the field.

Also 23, Nishikori was already playing in his 17th major tournament. He was a quarterfinalist at the 2012 Australian Open.

Both players faced nine break points Monday, but Evans converted six and to just two for Nishikori.

Associated Press

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