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Japan’s newly crowned Rio Olympic bronze medalist Kei Nishikori got off to a winning start at the Western & Southern Open with a straight-sets second-round victory over Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday.

World No. 7 Nishikori eased past his 68th-ranked opponent 6-3, 6-2 in his first match since giving Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in almost a century on Sunday in Rio.

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