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Japan's Nishikori gets past Querrey in 3 sets in Washington to start pre-US Open circuit

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    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, lunges for the ball against Sam Querrey during a match at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (The Associated Press)

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    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns the ball against Sam Querrey during a match at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (The Associated Press)

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    Kristina Mladenovic, of France, swings for the ball against Taylor Townsend during a match at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (The Associated Press)

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    Taylor Townsend reacts during a match against Kristina Mladenovic, of France, at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (The Associated Press)

Japan's Kei Nishikori won his opening match on the pre-U.S. Open hard-court circuit, beating Sam Querrey 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the Citi Open's second round Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Nishikori, who received a first-round bye, was playing for the first time since losing in Wimbledon's fourth round on July 1.

Nishikori's next opponent is Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.

Two seeded men lost when Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic beat No. 8 Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Donald Young of the United States eliminated No. 17 Julien Benneteau of France 6-4, 6-3.

In women's action, Kristina Mladenovic of France beat American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-3, 6-4, and Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan stopped playing against Kurumi Nara of Japan because of a right elbow injury.

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