Tennis: Unfancied Moriya pushes third seed Fritz at Japan Open

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Third seed Taylor Fritz reached the Rakuten Japan Open quarterfinals after being pushed to three sets by unheralded Japanese opponent Hiroki Moriya in an unexpectedly tough second-round battle on Thursday. World No. 261 Moriya, who entered the main draw as lucky loser, bounced back from a lopsided opening set to stun the 11th-ranked American in the second, eventually going down 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in just under two hours. The 31-year-old journeyman was left flying the flag for the host country at Ariake Tennis Park following qualifier Rio Noguchi's 6-3, 6-1 loss to Canadian seventh seed Denis Shapov...

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