Result: Kei Nishikori survives scare to beat Peter Polansky

Result: Nishikori survives Polansky scare
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Kei Nishikori fights back from a set down to beat Canadian qualifier Peter Polansky on day one of the Rodgers Cup in Montreal.

World number 11 Kei Nishikori fought back from a set down to beat local favourite Peter Polansky at the Rogers Cup tonight, denying a vocal Montreal crowd an opening-day shock to savour.

Polansky beat two players ranked in the top 100 to qualify for the main draw and took that form into the first-round clash, working hard to frustrate his Japanese opponent in a tight opening set.

Nishikori eventually succumbed to persistent pressure from the world number 256, dropping the first set 6-4 thanks to a single break of serve.

A succession of fierce baseline exchanges saw the second set stay in the balance for 45 minutes, before Nishikori found his touch to level the match with a timely break.

With the pressure on in a deciding set Polansky finally wilted, falling 4-0 down to the 23-year-old thanks to a pair of quick breaks.

Much to the annoyance of 10,000 fans on court a relieved Nishikori held his nerve to close out the match, claiming a hard-fought 4-6 6-4 6-2 success in just over two hours.

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