Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
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Tsitsipas sets up Nishikori clash in Tokyo

Tsitsipas sets up Nishikori clash in Tokyo

He couldn't continue his streak of five successful tiebreakers, however, as Nishikori ran away with the decider 7-2 nearly an hour into the match.

Medvedev served 12 aces to Shapovalov's four, with the young Canadian also serving five double faults throughout the match as he struggled to stay with the big-hitting Russian. "I managed to break him, so I came out on top". I played my best level.

Once Nishikori, a former US Open runner-up who reached the NY semi-finals last month, bagged an early break in the second set, French resistance faded and he put Gasquet out of his misery with a sizzling backhand down the line.

"This gave me good confidence".

"I'm feeling 100 percent", added Nishikori.

Canada's Denis Shapovalov was ousted from the Japan Open on Saturday with a semifinal loss to Daniil Medvedev, holding off the teenager's latest attempt to make his first tour-level final. "I will miss this handsome country so much!"

Nishikori followed up his last-16 win over Benoit Paire with a straight-sets triumph and will now prepare to take on eighth seed Gasquet on Saturday after he beat Kevin Anderson in their quarter-final, 7-6 7-6.

Nishikori broke Tsitsipas for a second time to nudge ahead 4-3 before closing out the first set with an acrobatic backhand volley. "Sometimes it just happens", Gasquet said of his tie-break prowess so far this tournament.

Third seed Nishikori, who won the last of his 11 career titles in Memphis two years ago, completed a clinical 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 victory in 89 minutes and will be hot favourite to win the title for a third time.

"I hope I can make it three out of three this year".

He reached his first two ATP finals this year in 2018, losing both times to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and Toronto.

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