Medvedev de­feats Nishikori in fi­nal

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

TEN­NIS: Rus­sia’s Daniil Medvedev played the role of party pooper in Tokyo as he beat home favourite and third seed Kei Nishikori in the fi­nal of the Rakuten Open.

Medvedev won 6-2 6-4 for his third vic­tory of 2018, and the se­cond as a qual­i­fier af­ter his win in Syd­ney.

The 22-year-old’s serve proved too strong for Nishikori and he won 38 of his 43 ser­vice points in the match.

“He’s serv­ing great,” Nishikori said. “I didn’t have any chance on his first serve, even se­cond serve.

“His ball was skip­ping a lot with this sur­face and he was hit­ting good enough flat shots and he was serv­ing great, so it was tough to play against Daniil.”

The win will see Medvedev be­come Rus­sia’s No 1 when the up­dated rank­ings are re­leased on to­day.

Nishikori had ad­vanced to yes­ter­day’s fi­nal in Tokyo with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 win over eighth seed Richard Gas­quet.

Qual­i­fier Medvedev saw off Canada’s De­nis Shapo­valov 6-3 6-3 to be­come the first qual­i­fier to reach the fi­nal in Tokyo since Mag­nus Nor­man in 2002.

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