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Blake avenges loss, Massu upsets Querrey to advance

Updated: April 16, 2008, 11:21 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Top-seeded James Blake beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday night to advance to the second round in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Blake's win avenged a three-set loss two months ago to Nishikori in the final of a hard-court tournament in Florida.

"It definitely feels good any time you can avenge a loss," Blake said. "He's an excellent player, and 18 years old, he's got a huge learning curve and will continue to get better."

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