Vienna - Kei Nishikori will try to end his long losing
streak in ATP finals and Kevin Anderson will go for his second title of the
year at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.
The fifth-seeded Nishikori reached his third final of 2018
after beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 in the semi-finals.
A winner of 11 ATP events, Nishikori hasn't triumphed since
winning in Memphis in February 2016. He has lost eight straight finals since.
The second-seeded Anderson defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3,
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
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
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.
Results from the ATP tournament in Vienna on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-4, 6-3
Kevin Anderson (RSA x2) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4