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Nishikori to play Davis Cup opener

Kyodo

Rising tennis star Kei Nishikori will play the opening singles match in his Davis Cup debut Friday in an Asian/Oceania Zone Group 1 second-round meeting with India. Nishikori, whose world ranking has risen to a career-high 118th since becoming only the second Japanese to win an ATP event two months ago, is set to become the youngest Japanese Davis Cup player when he squares off with No. 325 Rohan Bopanna. Nishikori’s Davis Cup debut at 18 years, 3 months, 13 days comes 12 days faster than the record Hidehiko Tanizawa set in 1990. “It’s good to play the opening match because I don’t have to wait for a long time,” Nishikori said. “My opponent’s got a strong serve and comes to the net frequently, so I’ll try to go to the net aggressively myself and put pressure on him.”