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Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov on Thursday reached the Halle Open quarter-finals after the withdrawal of Japan's Kei Nishikori due to injury. After receiving medical treatment on the court to treat a back injury, the World No.9 Japanese player opted to pull out after 34 minutes, with the score at 3-2.

The 21-year-old Russian now advances to the quarter-finals to play compatriot Andrey Rublev, a wild card recipient, who stunned veteran qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

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Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori advanced to the last 16 of the Madrid Open on Wednesday after defeating Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Playing in his first tournament since the quarterfinals in Miami, Nishikori needed two hours to defeat Schwartzman 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.

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Former world no.1 Roger Federer dug in his heels to stop Japanese Kei Nishikori, rallying past the fifth seed 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to enter the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. Federer, a 17-time Grand Sam winner, won in three hours and 23 minutes.

Nishikori made a bright start to the match, breaking Federer's serve twice to race ahead to a 4-0 lead. Federer rebounded to break the Japanese superstar on both occasions that he tried to serve out the opening set. Nishikori though regained his poise to take the set into a tiebreak and eventually won it 7-4 much to the disbelief of a packed house in Rod Laver Arena.

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Four time champion Roger Federer, the no.4 seed Stan Wawrinka and Asia's leading tennis player Kei Nishikori all registered straight set wins on Wednesday to advance at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Swiss superstar Roger Federer booked his place in the third round of the Australian Open, overcoming a stiff challenge from rookie American Noah Rubin at Melbourne Park. The former world number one, defeated his opponent 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and will now come up against Czech Tomas Berdych in the third round.

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World no.5 Kei Nishikori of Japan was the first of the big guns in action at the Australian Open on Monday, and the 27 year old fan favourite was given a thorough work out in his opening round clash with Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia.

Kuznetsov, who had the misfortune of running into Nishikori at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon last year, seemed better prepared for the contest this morning and took the first set 7-5, serving it out at the second attempt after being previously broken at 5-4.

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Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov snapped a two-and-half-year title drought, defeating third seed Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the final of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Sunday.

Dimitrov's title run includes three consecutive top 10 scalps: Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals, top seed Milos Raonic in the semis and Nishikori in the final. It was his fifth career title, his first since Queen's Club in 2014.

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Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Japan's Kei Nishikori are set to meet in the final of the Brisbane Open tennis tournament after respectively beating the tournament's two top favourites, Canada's Milos Raonic and Swiss Stan Wawrinka on Saturday.

The world No. 17 Dimitrov upset world No. 3 Raonic, the reigning championin 87 minutes by 7-6 (7) 6-2.

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