• Kyodo, Reuters

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Kei Nishikori advanced to the final of the Mexico Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 semifinal victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Friday, seizing a career-high world No. 4 ranking.

Top seed Nishikori appeared to be cruising to an easy victory before the fifth-seeded South African rallied midway through the second set. After suffering an early service break in the third set, Nishikori broke back before sealing victory in 2 hours, 2 minutes.

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