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Gaku Shibasaki hopes he can take his first step onto the international stage Tuesday, hours after a fellow Aomori Yamada High School alumni tries to make sporting history with the world watching him — that being Kei Nishikori.

In New York on Monday, Nishikori will face Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open final, trying to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam title.

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