Posted: Friday July 20, 2012 6:18 PM

Soeda tops Japanese teammate Nishikori in Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) - Go Soeda has upset Olympics doubles partner Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Atlanta Open.

Friday's match was the first pairing of two players from Japan in an ATP quarterfinal since the Open era began in 1968. Each also will represent Japan in singles in the London Olympics.

Nishikori, Atlanta's No. 3 seed who is ranked 19th in the world, was successful on only 43 percent of his first serves. He says he is still returning to form after missing two months with a right oblique injury.

Soeda is ranked No. 54.

Earlier Friday, Gilles Muller of Luxembourg defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-4, 6-4. Later Friday, No. 1 seed John Isner faces Jack Sock and No. 4 seed Andy Roddick will play Michael Russell.

 
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