Lagos - Japan's Kei Nishikori dispatched error-strewn Swiss
Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 in a disappointingly one-sided clash at the ATP
World Tour Finals on Monday.
What had promised to be a standout tussle between the
world's third and fifth-ranked players failed to deliver as Nishikori won the
group opener in little more than an hour in front of a subdued O2 Arena crowd.
From the opening game when Wawrinka had to save two break
points the 31-year-old struggled and Nishikori duly got the first break in the
fifth game with a punishing forehand.
Nishikori was ruthlessly efficient and quickly polished off
the first set aided by a second break when US Open champion Wawrinka
double-faulted to end a woeful service game.
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Wawrinka tried to pump himself up at the start of the second
set, delivering a couple of signature backhands, but he was still struggling to
locate his A-game.
The crowd, far from a sell-out, wanted more for their money
but a miscued Wawrinka forehand into the net gave Nishikori a break point in
the fifth game which he converted when Wawrinka elected to leave a return that
Nishikori, who could still finish the year at a career-high
third in the ATP rankings, claimed some revenge for this year's US Open
semifinal loss when he broke again to end the contest after Wawrinka wafted a
lazy backhand over the baseline.
Home favourite and new world No 1 Andy Murray takes on Marin
Cilic later on Monday in the same John McEnroe group.For
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