UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Kei Nishikori of Japan made a winning return to the ATP Tour, beating American Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday night in the first round of the New York Open.
The No. 5 seed missed the end of last season and the beginning of this one with a right wrist injury and hadn’t played on the main tour since last August in Montreal. He recently played two challenger-level events and his ranking has dropped 27th after he was in the top five early in 2017.
Nishikori was a four-time champion of the Memphis Open, which moved to Long Island this year after four decades in Tennessee. He advanced to face Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy, who beat Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 7-5, 6-1.
No. 7 Steve Johnson of the U.S. was upset by Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7). Also, France’s Jeremy Chardy edged Stefano Travaglia of Italy 4-6, 7-6…