Read the full story on SportsLook - Kei Nishikori Captures Caribbean Open Title After a Long Layoff
Returning to competition for the first time since the BNP Paribas Open in October 2021, Nishikori recorded a 6-2, 7-5 triumph against his 19-year-old opponent in the ATP Challenger Tour event.
Nishikori, an unranked, wild-card participant in Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico, reached 492 in the world rankings by beating Zheng to cap a successful week.
A Look at the Match with Zheng
Entering the Caribbean Open, Columbia University student Zheng was ranked 1,118th. With his performance in Puerto Rico, Zheng climbed to 543 in the world rankings.
In their first head-to-head matchup, Nishikori converted 6 of 16 break points and won 59% of his service points (36-for-61).
Nishikori moved quickly on the court and hit powerful shots throughout the match. And he was alert and displayed acute court awareness in both sets. (Watch match highlights on YouTube.)
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Author: Ed Odeven