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Summary

  1. Group A: Kei Nishikori beat Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3
  2. Japanese star won in 67 minutes at London's O2 Arena
  3. Andy Murray and Marin Cilic play in this group at 20:00 GMT
  4. Listen to Murray's match on Radio 5 live sports extra

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Watch again: Match point

Here's the moment Nishikori sealed victory - a slightly underwhelming end to a slightly underwhelming match.

Match point as Nishikori defeats Wawrinka in straight sets.

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Well, that match didn't last long. Hopefully Andy Murray (world number one, if you didn't know) and Marin Cilic will produce a better contest later.

Join us just before 20:00 GMT for the Scot's opening match of the ATP Tour Finals.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

What went right for Stan Wawrinka? Nothing from the word go. He never found any rhythm with his serve, return of serve or baseline game. He will be disappointed but it is important to focus on the job done by Kei Nishikori. 

He was very clean in every aspect of his game. He was patient from the back of the court and mixed things up. The perfect start for Nishikori.

Quick exit

You know how I suggested Wawrinka might have wanted to hit the West End before rush hour, well he's decided not to speak to the TV types.

I think the shops are open until 10 on Oxford Street, Stan.

'My goal is to reach number three'

Wawrinka 2-6 3-6 Nishikori

Kei Nishikori celebrates
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Kei Nishikori, speaking on BBC Two, after his straight-sets win: "Today I was very solid from the first game and very confident. It wasn't easy against Stan because he hits a lot of slice and a variety of shots, but I played a good game today.

On potentially climbing up to world number three: "That is my goal for this week, to win matches and reach number three. I see the opportunity to go up the rankings and I've been playing well so I hope to keep it up."

Colin Fleming

British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

That was not what I expected at the start of this match. I thought this would be a closely fought encounter but Nishikori was as impressive as Wawrinka was poor. 

It's a brilliant start for Nishikori to win in straight sets and he looks well set to have a good run at this tournament.

Colin Fleming

British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Wawrinka has not shown the desire to really dig in and find his rhythm. He's accepted his fate a little bit.

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Kei Nishikori celebrates
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Nishikori was superb, Wawrinka certainly was not. A strong performance by Nishikori, his tactics - and their execution - spot on.

Game, set and match

Wawrinka 2-6 3-6 Nishikori

Match point as Nishikori defeats Wawrinka in straight sets.

Stan! Stan! Stan!

After only 67 minutes. Nishikori has match point.

And the Swiss number three keeps to form with a misjudged forehand from the back of the court.

That was woeful from Wawrinka. To be honest.

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Interesting change of tactic by Nishikori with the serve and volley on that final point. The effect was Wawrinka might have taken his eye off the ball a little bit.

*Wawrinka 2-6 3-5 Nishikori

It's dropshot o'clock. Nishikori wins the first point of his service game with a delicate effort at the net.

Now it's Wawrinka's turn to challenge - he thinks his opponent's serve is out, but it isn't. You need some NishiEye™ Stan.

Nevertheless, it's 40-30 - a sniff of chance for Stan.

Nishikori messes up his first serve then sends down a slow second and comes to the net which might have surprised his Swiss opponent who launches his return towards the Beavermoon.

Stan must hold to stay in the match.

Wawrinka 2-6 3-4 Nishikori*

Nishikori's Hawk-eye challenge is succesful
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Seriously. Nishikori keeps winning these challenges - has he got some sort of Hawk-Eye technology implanted in his eyes? Andy Murray barely won any at the Paris Masters recently.

Wawrinka isn't having the best of days - it's 40-30 - but he just about holds with an ace.

Colin Fleming

British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Stan Wawrinka
Rex Features

Wawrinka looks impatient, he's not trying to build the points and he's making even more errors.

*Wawrinka 2-6 2-4 Nishikori

Wawrinka's lost his bearings - a 24th unforced error now takes the score to 40-0.

Nishikori fires down his fourth ace. He's won points on 82% of his first serves - dominant.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Nishikori has taken his opportunities so well. He has won three out of five break points in this match.

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Kei Nishikori
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That is a brutal return of serve. A 120mph serve down the middle and Nishikori just stretched. He had a bit of good fortune for the ball to drop in, but he saw it so well.

Nishikori breaks

Wawrinka 2-6 2-3 Nishikori*

Stan doesn't like being sent out wide does he? He looks at ease in his service game but all of sudden it's deuce because of two unforced errors.

You can add another. It's break point again for Nishikori.

A 120mph serve is returned with little control by Nishikori but it loops over Wawrinka and just lands in. Stan left it thinking it would go out.

He's broken again.

*Wawrinka 2-6 2-2 Nishikori

There are three fans of Wawrinka in the crowd with T-shirts reading 'Out' 'Stan' and 'Ding' who have just been shown on TV. Neil Buchanan would be proud.

This game is a strange one. Nishikori's serves aren't all that powerful and Wawrinka is looking for the big winner rather than stay in the point - it's not working. 

But now Nishikori isn't getting his serves in. It's deuce.

Have their levels dropped? Not judging by that rally, which Nishikori wins with a scooped shot from the baseline that just lands in. He holds with a good serve.

All about timing eh Kei?

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Wawrinka has got to keep holding his serve, and now he has done that he needs to build scoreboard pressure. He has got to do a better job of returning the Nishikori serve.

Wawrinka 2-6 2-1 Nishikori*

Stan Wawrinka fans
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Wawrinka again - like he did earlier - mistimes a waft of the racquet, this time from the back of the court. He's not feeling it today so far.

Nishikori, on the other hand, is feeling it and senses the negativity. His return is too good for his opponent - it's deuce.

Stan has a plan though. This time he comes out on top in a mini rally, then a good first service bails him out.

*Wawrinka 2-6 1-1 Nishikori

What a beautiful one-handed backhand return from Wawrinka - however that only reduces the gap to 40-15.

He goes from the sublime to the less sublime in the next point with a long return.

In the words of the late great David Coleman: "1-1!"

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Nishikori did a very good job of taking his opportunities. If you said 'how do you make an impact on Nishikori?' you would say you have got to take advantage of his second serve. In that set Nishikori hit his second serve 10 times and won nine points. That's a great stat for him but a poor stat for Wawrinka. It must improve.

Wawrinka 2-6 1-0 Nishikori*

Well, Colin he looks to be moving fairly freely.

It's 40-0 before the crowd have had a chance to sip their artisan hot chocolate.

Nishikori makes it 15-40 with another good low return before Wawrinka regains his composure to hold.

Has Stan got a problem?

Colin Fleming

British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Stan Wawrinka
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Part of me wonders if there's more to the strapping Wawrinka has on his knee. Maybe he's patched himself together a bit to be here and is a bit short of practice. In most tournaments you get an easier match first up than Kei Nishikori and can play your way in, but not here.

Watch Again: Nishikori breaks

Here's what could prove to be the decisive moment of this first set.

Nishikori breaks Wawrinka's serve to take the advantage in the first set.

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

That is absolutely superb. What a set of tennis from Kei Nishikori, who has certainly come to play. You can see his gameplan - but it is one thing having a gameplan and another executing it.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in London

Stan Wawrinka fans
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There might be a few more patches of empty blue seats visible than in previous years, but Federer's absence hasn't stopped Swiss fans making their annual autumnal trip to London.

Unfortunately for the many decked out in red and white, there's been nothing from Wawrinka so far to get the cowbells clanging. We've had not so much as a "Hop Suisse!!!"

Game and first set

*Wawrinka 2-6 Nishikori

Balletic. Nishikori jumps up and performs a delicate backhand smash. Darcey Bussell wants your digits Kei.

Nishikori closes out the set by coming to net and killing a Wawrinka return with a deft volley.

Colin Fleming

British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Nishikori has not allowed Wawrinka to get into the match. He hit the ground running right from the start and has been the aggressor. He is hitting the ball much more cleanly and you can see a bit of doubt creeping into Wawrinka's game.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Nishikori is doing all the right things, being aggressive and trying to get Stan moving. Stan hasn't found his rhythm.  

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Stan Wawrinka
BBC Sport

Horrible. A complete collapse on that second serve. The ball toss perhaps not in the right place. But the mind has wandered a little bit.

Nishikori breaks again

Wawrinka 2-5 Nishikori*

You know how this live text commentary (and Henman) was raving about Wawrinka's serve. Well he's having a bit of trouble with it. 

0-30 becomes 15-40. 

Nishikori is reading what the Swiss is throwing at him. Then Wawrinka obliges with handing his opponent another break with a double fault. Poor.

Maybe Stan's thinking about hitting the Regent Street shops before rush hour.

*Wawrinka 2-4 Nishikori

The 26-year-old Japanese player holds. 

You know what they say "you're at your most vulnerable after breaking". 

Do they actually say that?

Any other tennis cliches you can think of? #bbctennis

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Nishikori is flattening the ball out and getting more help from the court.

Players have said it is warm in this stadium and the ball is playing quicker and I feel when Nishikori gets the chance to step in and dictate with the groundstrokes he is getting more benefit from the court.    

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Nishikori with great patience and pinpoint off the forehand side down the line. He's striking the ball sweetly.

Nishikori breaks

Wawrinka 2-3 Nishikori*

Nishikori breaks Wawrinka's serve to take the advantage in the first set.

"Fear my serve and volley Nishikori," says Wawrinka. But he messes it up badly - it's 15-30. And then 30-40.

It's break point after great defensive play from Nishikori from the baseline. Wawrinka really should have put the ball away when he was at the net. Disappointing.

The Swiss saves the first, but Nishikori makes no mistake with the next chance with a brilliant forehand that stretches the 30-plus-year-old man a wee bit too far.

Broken.

Colin Fleming

British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Nishikori likes to hug the touchline and take the ball early. That could be effective for him because Wawrinka likes to have time to wind up his big shots. It could be an interesting facet of this match.

*Wawrinka 2-2 Nishikori

Wawrinka looks to just give up after the longest rally of the match with a wild swipe of the ball on the backhand. Boredom I guess? It's 30-0. And then 40-15.

A brilliant Nishikori ace fired out wide lands on the line. Wawrinka half questions the decision and then realises it's not worth his trouble. It was definitely in by the way.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Wawrinka's first serve is a proper weapon. Nishikori's isn't.

Wawrinka 2-1 Nishikori*

He's got the serve working. Wawrinka wins his service game to love. Nishikori will find it tough to break that.

What does Tim Henman think?