Tennis: Qualifier Medvedev stuns Nishikori to win Japan Open title

By Jack Tarrant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev dumbfounded home favourite Kei Nishikori in a final to explain a Japan Open pretension after a gentle 6-2 6-4 feat in Tokyo on Sunday.

Medvedev came out of a blocks quick and Nishikori, aiming for his third pretension during this event, could not cope with a big-hitting Russian who pennyless his offer during a second time of asking.

After that it was a story of mistakes by universe series 12 Nishikori –- 11 spontaneous errors in a initial set – and unchanging portion by Medvedev who strolled to a 6-2 initial set in usually 25 minutes.

Nishikori corrected issues with his possess offer in a second set though still could not have an impact on Medvedev’s use games, winning usually one indicate on a Russian’s offer during a entirety of a second set.

Medvedev bided his time and pennyless a sleepy Nishikori, whose final shot was another furious miss, to hang adult a feat and secure a third ATP pretension of a season.

“I was personification extraordinary and we am so happy to come out on top,” pronounced Medvedev, who will burst to 22nd in a universe rankings, after winning in usually over an hour.

“To play 7 matches and losing usually one set, this creates me intensely happy.”

Medvedev has degraded Milos Raonic and Diego Schwartzmann en track to Sunday’s final and did not dump a singular use diversion in his final 3 matches.

“The offer is a many critical thing in tennis right now,” a 22-year-old added.

Nishikori has now mislaid 8 ATP finals given his final victory, that came during a Memphis Open in Feb 2016.

“He’s portion great. we didn’t have any possibility on his initial serve, even second serve,” Nishikori said.

“His round was skipping a lot on this aspect and he was attack good adequate prosaic shots and he was portion great, so it was tough to play opposite Daniil today.”

“It’s been a good integrate months. After a US Open, we consider I’ve been personification well,” he added.

“I’ve got to keep personification a same in Shanghai.”

(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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