Japan's Kei Nishikori hits a return against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov during their men's singles first round match on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2017. / AFP / PAUL CROCK
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Japan's Kei Nishikori called for changes to the Davis Cup format after coming through a grueling five-set dogfight in his opening match at the Australian Open Monday.Nishikori also said changes to format of the Davis Cup, the annual international competition billed as the 'World Cup of tennis', were overdue to make it shorter.It was Nishikori's fourth five-set win at the Australian Open, and set him up for a second-round encounter with Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.Kuznetsov wouldn't lie down and got an early break in the third set in rising temperatures on Hisense Arena, but Nishikori quickly broke back.Nishikori stormed home in the final set, grabbing an early break and rounding it off when Kuznetsov double-faulted on the second match point.
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