Nishikori beats Raonic to win Japan Open
TOKYO (AP) - Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Japan Open.
The 22-year-old Nishikori earned his second career ATP tour title and first in more than four years.
Nishikori, ranked No. 17, thrilled the home crowd in defeating the sixth-seeded Raonic.
He lost just two games on serve against Raonic, who lacked the spark he showed Saturday when he ousted top-seeded Andy Murray in the semifinals. Raonic was undone by unforced errors in the loss.
Nishikori, a native of Shimane Prefecture in southern Japan, is the first Japanese player to win the tournament in its 41-year history.