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Sixth seed Kei Nishikori was eliminated from the Shanghai Masters on Thursday, losing in the third round to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

In two sets that went the distance, Nishikori fell 7-6 (12-10), 7-6 (7-3). With neither player faced with a service break, Nishikori squandered a golden opportunity to take the first set when he was leading the tiebreak 6-5. On his 12th-seeded opponent’s second serve, an unforced error cost Nishikori his best chance to stay in the match that lasted 2 hours, 8 minutes.

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