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Nishikori, 18, stuns top-seeded Blake to claim Delray Beach title

Updated: February 17, 2008, 5:34 PM ET
Associated Press

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Qualifier Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man to win an ATP title in 16 years by upsetting top-seeded James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the International Tennis Championships final on Sunday.

"I still can't believe it that I beat James Blake," the 18-year-old Nishikori told the crowd, which included a dozen Japanese fans chanting "Nippon! Nippon!" high up in the stands. "I've only seen him on TV. This is my best tournament ever."

With the win, the 244th-ranked ...

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