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Lopez, Nishikori Set Memphis Final

Memphis, U.S.A.

Nishikori© Memphis Tennis/Ron AngleNishikori extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Matosevic to 2-0 on Saturday

World No. 47 Feliciano Lopez fought past Denis Istomin 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.

Lopez fired eight aces and saved four of five break points in the match, which lasted one hour and 50 minutes to book his eighth ATP World Tour final appearance. 

The 31-year-old Lopez has a 2-5 record in tour-level finals, and will be hoping to claim his first title since February 2010.

Standing in his path is fifth seed Kei Nishikori, who will be contesting his fifth ATP World Tour final. Lopez won the pair's only previous meeting at the 2011 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in straight sets.

"He is a great player, he's in very good shape," Lopez said of Nishikori. "I think it's going to be a tough match, he's very fast-moving all around the court and I have be aggressive and play my best tennis if I want to win," said the Spaniard. 

"You have to take the opportunities when they come," said Lopez, adding it was pleasing to be in a final after being sidelined with a wrist injury over the past few weeks.

The 22nd-ranked Nishikori has a 2-2 record in tour-level finals, winning his biggest title to date on home soil last October at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Tokyo (d. Raonic). He is making his second appearance in Memphis. 

Against Matosevic, Nishikori took the first set 6-4 in 37 minutes before the Australian retired with a bone bruise on the bottom of his right foot.

“He was playing well from the beginning. It's lucky for me to play just one set and feel fresh for tomorrow,” said Nishikori. "But I've played really well this week in every match and it's been good.”

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