Sports Kei Nishikori, U.S. Open finalist in 2014, loses in 2015 first round Japan's Kei Nishikori serves to France's Benoit Paire during their Mens Singles round 1 match of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 31, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images By REUTERS August 31, 2015 2:54 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori's hopes of making another magical U.S. Open run came to a quick end on Monday as last year's runner-up fell at the first hurdle, falling 6-4 3-6 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 to Frenchman Benoit Paire. The 26-year-old Paire, having collected his maiden ATP Tour title last month in Bastad, brought his good from to Flushing Meadows grinding out a three hour 14 minute victory to get the season's final grand slam off to a shocking start. Japan's Nishikori, who turned in a marathon effort last year recording five set wins over Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinki and a four set victor over world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, had looked ready to survive the opening test coming back from a wobbly opening set. But after the 41st ranked Paire won the tiebreak he carried the momentum into the fifth set and recorded the decisive break to go up 3-2 before finishing off Nishikori with a thundering ace. By REUTERS Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.