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John McEnroe loses to Japan's rising star Kei Nishikori in charity match in Japan

  • Former world No. 1 tennis player John McEnroe of the U.S. throws his racket after losing a point against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their charity tennis match in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. McEnroe, 54, gave Nishikori, 23, a run for his money in the charity match for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Former world No. 1 tennis player John McEnroe of the U.S. throws his racket after losing a point against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their charity tennis match in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. McEnroe, 54, gave Nishikori, 23, a run for his money in the charity match for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former world No. 1 tennis player John McEnroe of the U.S. wearing a wig questions a call by the umpire during a charity tennis match against Japan's Kei Nishikori in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. McEnroe, 54, gave Nishikori, 23, a run for his money in the charity match for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Former world No. 1 tennis player John McEnroe of the U.S. wearing a wig questions a call by the umpire during a charity tennis match against Japan's Kei Nishikori in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. McEnroe, 54, gave Nishikori, 23, a run for his money in the charity match for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former world No. 1 tennis player John McEnroe of the U.S. throws his shirt to spectators after his charity tennis match against Japan's Kei Nishikori in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. McEnroe, 54, gave Nishikori, 23, a run for his money in the charity match for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Former world No. 1 tennis player John McEnroe of the U.S. throws his shirt to spectators after his charity tennis match against Japan's Kei Nishikori in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. McEnroe, 54, gave Nishikori, 23, a run for his money in the charity match for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

Seven-time grand slam singles champion John McEnroe gave Japan's top player a run for his money on Sunday before losing 1-6, 6-4 and 10-7 in a tiebreaker in a charity match for the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Playing in Japan for the first time since 1997, the 54-year-old McEnroe took on Kei Nishikori, the 23-year-old Japanese star who rose to No. 11 in the world rankings this year.

The score hardly mattered as Sunday's match was about raising money for the Tohoku Tennis Association to help rebuild and rejuvenate tennis in the region devastated by the March, 11, 2011 disaster.