The Straits Times
Published on Oct 10, 2012

Japan's Nishikori bows out of Shanghai Masters


SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Kei Nishikori's dream run that took him to the Japan Open tennis title last week was cut short in China when he lost 6-2 1-6 4-6 to Sam Querrey of the U.S. in the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

The 14th seed, who became the home country's first Japan Open champion on Sunday, won the first set and went 3-1 up in the third before Querrey rallied to beat him.

The 22-year-old Nishikori breezed through the first set but needed treatment on his right ankle after which he lost his rhythm.

"I tried to play, but he had a good serve. I broke him first in the third set but couldn't finish the match. It's disappointing," the Japanese world number 15 told reporters.