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Tennis: Nishikori becomes first Japanese man in top 10

Published on May 10, 2014 6:27 AM
Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a forehand to Feliciano Lopez of Spain during their match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament on May 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Kei Nishikori ensured he will become the first ever Japanese player to make the top 10 of the ATP rankings with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez to make the Madrid Masters semi-finals on Friday.

Currently ranked 12th in the world, Nishikori will move into the top 10 when the latest rankings are released on Monday thanks to 13-match winning streak.

The 24-year-old reached the semi-finals of the Miami Masters in March before having to withdraw due to a groin problem and won his first ever tournament on clay on his return from injury at the Barcelona Open two weeks ago.

"It was a big goal for me to get to the top 10, but it is only one week for now so I have to keep playing better tennis to stay in the top 10," he said.

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