Kei Nishikori looks to end run of eight straight final defeats as he prepares to face Kevin Anderson at Vienna Open
- Japan’s Kei Nishikori will take on Kevin Anderson in Sunday’s Vienna Open final
- Nishikori has lost eight straight ATP finals since winning back in February 2016
- South African Anderson is aiming to win the second title of the year on Sunday
Kei Nishikori will try to end his long losing streak in ATP finals while Kevin Anderson will go for his second title of the year as the pair go head-to-head in the Vienna Open final on Sunday.
The fifth-seeded Nishikori reached his third final of 2018 after beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals on Saturday.
A winner of 11 ATP events, Nishikori hasn’t triumphed since winning in Memphis in February 2016. He has lost eight straight finals since.
Kei Nishikori booked his spot in the final of the Vienna Open with victory on Saturday
The fifth-seed Japan international overcame Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3
Nishikori is looking to end a dismal run of eight straight ATP final defeats as he excels in Vienna
The second-seeded Anderson defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Anderson has a shot at a fifth career title and second of the year after winning in New York in February.
Nishikori leads Anderson 4-2 on career matchups, but the South African won their only previous meeting this year.
With a victory on Sunday, Anderson will qualify for the ATP Finals.
He will face big-hitting South African Kevin Anderson as he aims to claim his second 2018 title
Anderson needed all his experience to overcome an experienced Fernando Verdasco on court
Currently in ninth place, Nishikori with a win could move to within 125 points of the cut for the eight-man event in London next month.
Nishikori held serve throughout against Kukushkin, who came through qualifying. He used his first break point to close out the first set before going up 3-0 in the second and wrapping up the win on his first match point.
Against Verdasco, Anderson hit nine of his 19 aces in the opening set. The Spaniard broke Anderson twice in the second but didn’t get another chance on the South African’s serve in the final set.
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