Medvedev upsets local favourite Nishikori to claim Japan Open title
Daniil Medvedev beat local favourite Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4 in the Japan Open final on Sunday for his third career ATP title.
The third-seeded Nishikori reached the tournament decider without dropping a set but was broken three times by Medvedev.
Medvedev won for the second time this year as a qualifier, after Sydney in January, and became the first Russian to win the Japan Open.
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Nishikori was bidding to join Pete Sampras and Stefan Edberg as tournament winners at least three times, but struggled from the outset and was 4-1 down in the first set.
Medvedev served too good, winning 32 of his last 33 service points. He didn't lose his serve from the quarter-finals on.
Nishikori has lost his last eight finals, since 2016.