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Tennis: Yoshihito Nishioka gets 1st post-hiatus win in Rome

Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan plays a forehand in his round one match against Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia during day two of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia at Foro Italico on September 15, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Getty/Kyodo)

GENEVA (Kyodo) -- Yoshihito Nishioka, the No. 2 men's player in Japan, earned his first win since the resumption of professional tennis following a six-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic at the Italian Open on Tuesday.

    Nishioka, ranked 50th in the world, beat Serbia's Miomir KecManovic 6-4, 6-1 in the first round and spoiled the 39th-ranked Serbian's chance at back-to-back titles after he won his first ATP tour title at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehel, Austria, last week.

    "Coming after the tour resumed, this first win is especially big," said Nishioka, who will next face Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

    "I've had good practice this past week and I'm feeling good on clay. I'm playing with confidence," he said.

    Elsewhere, Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti set up a second-round clash with Japan's Kei Nishikori when he stunned three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 6-0, 7-6(2) for his first ATP win.

    In the women's doubles, the Japanese pair of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kiki Bertens and Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in the round of 32.

    The Japan-U.S. duo of Miyu Kato and Sabrina Santamaria defeated the Japan-Czech team of Misaki Doi and Renata Voracova 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in another first-round match.

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