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Japan's Nishikori cruises in US Open first round

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Wayne Odesnik, of the United States, returns a shot against Kei Nishikori, of Japan, during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tenth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan cruised to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over American Wayne Odesnik in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, showing no apparent effects from a toe injury that hampered his preparations.

Still, Nishikori needed more than two hours to dispatch the 176th-ranked Odesnik, a grinding baseliner who earned a wild card into the U.S. Open, his first appearance in five years, after serving a yearlong ban for getting caught with human growth hormone.

The 24-year-old Nishikori, who has never made it past the fourth round in five previous U.S. Open appearances, suffered a severely infected right big toe in July, forcing him to miss tuneup events leading up Flushing Meadows.

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