Tennis: Kei Nishikori beats Milos Raonic to win Japan Open
News On Japan via Herald Sun -- Oct 07
Kei Nishikori has made history as the first Japanese to win the Japan Open tennis tournament with victory over young Canadian star Milos Raonic in the final.
The 22-year-old, who eliminated world No.6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals, pulverised Raonic's serve-and-volley game to score a 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-0 victory in his fourth career final on the tour.
"I can't believe it," said a jubilant Nishikori.
"I've never played well in this tournament before, so I had thought I would never win this tournament. I'm really happy to win."
He was the first player from the host nation to win the Japan Open since it was sanctioned by the ATP in 1973.
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