Fish struggles past Harrison in Japan

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Fourth seed Mardy Fish survived a scare to beat the teenager Ryan Harrison 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 at the Japan Open yesterday in a titanic struggle between the present and future of American tennis.

The top seed and defending champion Rafa Nadal and Britain's Andy Murray lead a strong field at the $1.34m (£860,000) tournament on Tokyo Bay but neither were involved on the opening day.

Murray, winner of the Thailand Open on Sunday, has an extra rest day before he faces Marcos Baghdatis.