Kei Nishikori upset by Thomaz Bellucci in 1st round at Rio Open

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Thomaz Bellucci upset top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Rio Open, thrilling the home crowd on Carnival week in Rio de Janeiro.

Nishikori, who lost the Argentina Open final on Sunday on clay, smashed his racket on the red clay after losing Tuesday's first set.

Brazilian Bellucci had lost his previous two matches against Nishikori, who has lost all six of his singles finals since winning the Memphis Open a year ago.

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