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BRISBANE, Australia - Kei Nishikori beat Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-5 at the Brisbane International on Wednesday to start a season in which he wants to be in the vanguard aiming to end the dominance of the old guard in mens tennis. David Luiz Jersey .The Japanese player set Asian benchmarks during a breakout 2014, reaching his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open and rising to a year-end No. 5 ranking.After a first-round bye, second-seeded Nishikori needed 80 minutes to advance from the second round in Brisbane, serving out on his fourth match point against Johnson.He said hes feeling his way into the new year, knowing that expectations on him are high. The Australian Open, the first major of the season, starts in 12 days in Melbourne. Just a bit too early, he thinks, for a first Grand Slam title.I might need a couple more years to (become a) really good player, but Im getting really close, he said. So hopefully I can bring more good news to Japan.Three players have ruled the mens game for nine years: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic captured 34 of the 38 major titles leading into the U.S. Open last September. The four exceptions were Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 U.S. Open, Andy Murrays wins at the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon, and Stan Wawrinkas victory at the 2014 Australian Open.None of those players reached the final at Flushing Meadows, though, with Marin Cilic beating Nishikori for the title. And that sparked much hype about the future.Nishikori, Cilic, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov are widely tipped to be among the next generation of champions.We are the ones coming next. We are getting really close from last year, Nishikori said. For sure, its going to happen this year.Fourth-seeded Dimitrov had a more difficult opener in Brisbane, fending off two match points in the tiebreaker before beating regular practice partner Jerome Chardy of France 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) in 2 1/2 hours. Dimitrov saved one match point with an ace, and went ahead when Chardy fired consecutive double faults from 6-5.I stayed in there, stayed really positive until the end, Dimitrov said, adding he wasnt expecting such a grueling opener, but was happy to get straight to business.Bernard Tomic advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory over fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, while Martin Klizan of Slovakia beat seventh-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 1-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7).In womens singles, second-seeded Ana Ivanovic defeated Jarmila Gajdosova 6-4, 6-1 in a night match. Earlier, seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain had a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia beat Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.At the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat U.S. teenager Taylor Townsend 6-1, 7-6 (4), and Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara of Japan.After winning the first set comfortably, Wozniacki had to recover from 5-2 down, saving two set points, and winning the second in a tiebreaker to reach a quarterfinal against Julia Goerges of Germany.Third-seeded Williams will next face Russias Elena Vesnina, who had a 6-3, 6-1 win over Croatias Ana Konjuh.At the Hopman Cup in Perth, Poland remained the only undefeated team in Group B with a 2-1 win over Britain.Agnieskza Radwanska gave Poland the lead when she beat Heather Watson 6-3, 6-1, but Andy Murray levelled with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jerzy Janowicz.Radwanska and Janowicz won the deciding mixed doubles 6-4, 6-4, and can clinch a place in Saturdays final with a win on Friday over France.In the night session, defending champion France beat Australia 2-1 after a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win in mixed doubles. Alize Cornet beat Casey Dellacqua 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 before Australias Marinko Matosevic, who replaced the injured Matt Ebden, beat Frances Benoit Paire 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to send it to the mixed doubles decider.____AP Sports Writer Steve McMorran in New Zealand contributed. Rodrigo Caio Brazil Jersey . Riethers apparent stamp on Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj during Saturdays Premier League match at Craven Cottage was missed by the match officials. A three-man panel of former referees reviewed the incident and all agreed that it was a sending-off offence. David Luiz Brazil Jersey . - The Pittsburgh Pirates plan on keeping promising left fielder Starling Marte playing alongside National League MVP Andrew McCutchen for years to come. . Specifically, thumbs up to the Canadian-based teams in the NHL, or at least most of them.IRVING, Texas -- Suzann Pettersen was prepared for a much longer break from LPGA Tour when she started having more back problems. When she had similar pain a decade ago, she was out of action for about eight months. But Pettersen missed only a month this time, and the 33-year-old Norwegian is already on top of the leaderboard again after a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Thursday in the first round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout. "I feel good. I mean very patient. Just really just trying to enjoy being back," Pettersen said. "I got to kind of pace myself a little bit. I cant do too much early in the week. So I have a lot of spare time to fool around with. ... I really cant go hit balls on the range. I play whatever I need to play and then just try to give my body a little bit of break." Pettersen had a one-stroke lead over playing partner Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie, Caroline Masson, Christina Kim, Cydney Clanton and Dori Carter. Pettersen is playing her second tournament since withdrawing before the Kia Classic in late March, and being told rest was the way to heal her back. The worlds fourth-ranked player tied for 28th in San Francisco last week. "Its been a little bit achy early this week. So taking it a little bit careful," she said. "But last week was nice to be back. Its always tough when you come back from something like that when youre so out of play. Youre not even close to be playing. And then next thing you know the pain is gone and you can start hitting balls, and to bring back the mentality straightaway." Pettersen took sole possession of the lead when she birdied Nos. 7 and 8, her 16th and 17th holes of the day at Las Colinas Country Club. Among the 35 players under par was Juli Inkster, the 53-year-old with eight major victories who shot 69. The last of Inksters 31 career victories came in 2006. Wie is playing with confidence and just trying to have fun, and had her 15th consecutive round of par or better. Douglas Costa Jersey. All have come in a stretch when she was the runner-up in the seasons first major, won at home in Hawaii for his first LPGA Tour victory in nearly four years and then had another top-10 finish last week in San Francisco, not far from alma mater Stanford. "Definitely, my confidence level is up from last year, " said Wie, whose five top-10 finishes are already one more than she had in 26 tournaments all last season. Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champion, and Texas native Stacy Lewis, the highest-ranked American at No. 3, both shot 71. Park had four birdies, but the South Korean also had a bogey at the par-5 third hole, and made double bogey at the par-4 15th. "It was just one of those kind of days," Park said. "Nothing went really wrong, but just a couple of bad shots that really penalized me today." Lewis round included two three-putts and a one-stroke penalty when she unintentionally kicked her own ball in the No. 10 fairway. Kim hit 17 of 18 greens, while needing 31 putts in a bogey-free round that was her lowest score this season. The 30-year-old Kim hasnt won on the LPGA Tour since 2005, and her best finish last season was tying for 11th at North Texas. "Just played steady," Kim said. "I struck the ball really well and just kept the ball in front of me and was able to find it after every swing." Masson started the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout last year with a bogey-free 64, and the German also was the second-round leader. "On one hand I know I can go low here and shoot a good score. On the other hand, I kind of feel like I want to make up for the last round last year," said Masson, who finished 15th last year after a closing 75. "Its positive memories, though. I mean it was a great week for me last year, just to really get going. ... Its never nice to shoot a bad last round, but I dont have it in my head too much." 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