Nishikori is 1st Japanese man to break into top 10
Kei Nishikori becomes 1st Japanese man to break into top 10 of world rankings
Associated Press
2014-05-12 10:22 PM

TOKYO (AP) -- Kei Nishikori has become the first Japanese man to break into the top 10 of the world tennis rankings.

Nishikori, who was No. 9 when the rankings were released Monday, was assured of a place in the top 10 after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.

The 24-year-old Nishikori beat David Ferrer 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3 in the semifinals before retiring from Sunday's final with a hip injury when trailing Rafael Nadal 2-6, 6-4, 3-0.

Nishikori, who went into the Madrid Open at No. 12, had previously reached a career-high of No. 11 in June 2013.

The Japanese player beat Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-2 to win the Barcelona Open on April 27 for his fifth career title and his second of the year.

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