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Nishikori's run in Tokyo was historic

Updated: October 8, 2012, 2:27 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

Commenting on Kei Nishikori's performance at the Japan Open in Tokyo the other day, ATP executive chairman Brad Drewett said: "Kei is a terrific player who is already a star at home in Japan and among the Top 20 players in the world … Kei has a very bright future on the ATP World Tour."

As bureaucratic fluff goes, it was standard fare. But what Drewett did not say, and as a former player he surely knows, is that being a top 20 player and "star" in a nation starved for tennis ...

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