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Nishikori Dismisses Lopez For Memphis Title

Memphis, U.S.A.

Nishikori© Memphis Tennis/Ron AngleKei Nishikori did not lose a set en route to winning the title in Memphis.

Fifth seed Kei Nishikori lifted his third ATP World Tour trophy on Sunday, dismissing Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.

“I’m very happy with the way I played today,” said Nishikori. “To win this title is an amazing feeling. I tried to concentrate on all the important points. I served really well this week. I was practising a lot and it’s getting better. Hopefully I can win a couple more titles. It’s been a good start to the year.”

The 22nd-ranked Nishikori did not drop a set en route to the title and is the first player from Japan to win the tournament. Two of Nishikori’s three titles have come at ATP World Tour 500 events. He triumphed on home soil at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships this past October in Tokyo (d. Raonic).

Meeting for the second time on the ATP World Tour, Nishikori quickly asserted himself as the in-form player, breaking Lopez to begin the match. In an all-around performance, the 23 year old won 79 per cent of his service points and converted four of his eight break point chances to claim victory in 67 minutes. Nishikori improved to 11-2 in 2013 and avenged his third-round loss to Lopez in Barcelona two years ago.

Lopez was looking to win his first crown since 2010, when he was victorious in Johannesburg (d. Robert). The Spaniard dropped to a 2-6 mark in ATP World Tour finals.

“I didn’t play a bad match. He was very aggressive from the beginning,” Lopez said. “I think he probably played his best. I have no regrets. I tried everything I could and he was just the better player today. I hope to keep playing like I did this week.”

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