facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Nishikori first Japanese to win Japan Open

Oct. 7, 2012 at 7:33 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
TOKYO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Kei Nishikori posted a dominating third set Sunday and became the first Japanese player to win the Japan Open tennis championship in Tokyo.

Nishikori, seeded eighth, outlasted sixth-seeded Milos Raonic 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-0. Raonic pounded out 14 aces but only one in the decisive third set.

Nishikori dropped just four points on serve in the final set and won 63 percent of the points off Raonic's serve in the set. He finished off three of his six break chances but didn't allow Raonic a break opportunity.

It was the second career ATP title for Nishikori, whose other win was in February 2008. He is 2-2 in tournament title matches. Raonic, who was looking for his third title of 2012, fell to 3-3 in championship matches.

Nishikori collected $308,130 for the title while Raonic took home the runner-up check for $138,920.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges
2
Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence
3
Vikings exempt Adrian Peterson until child abuse allegations resolved, not suspended but can't play Vikings exempt Adrian Peterson until child abuse allegations resolved, not suspended but can't play
4
Cornhuskers collide with Hurricanes
5
Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback