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Nishikori, Raonic advance to second round at Japan Open

Rakuten Open - Day 1

CHOFU, JAPAN - OCTOBER 01: Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts in his match against Yuichi Sugita of Japan on day one of the Rakuten Open at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza on October 1, 2018 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

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TOKYO -- Two-time champion Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic both advanced to the second round of the Japan Open with straight-set victories on Monday.

The third-seeded Nishikori beat Japanese wild-card entry Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-1, while the sixth-seeded Raonic defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4.

Mannarino was the runner-up last year, losing the final to David Goffin.

Seventh-seeded Chung Hyeon was not as fortunate as Nishikori and Raonic. He lost to Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.