TENNIS- Japanese third seed Kei Nishikori defeated eighth seed Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 in 89 minutes to reach the final of Japan Open on Saturday.
Nishikori now faces qualifier Daniil Medvedev who ousted Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3 in Sunday’s final.
“I figured there might be a tiebreak in there,” said Nishikori after the win. “He’s such a dangerous opponent, but I stayed focus and found a nice groove. It’s just great to be back in the final.”
Nishokori is aiming to win the Open for a third time. He had won the Japan Open in 2012 and 2014.