Vastavam web: Kei Nishikori will have a chance to win his first ATP title in over two years on Sunday after beating qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 6-3 to reach the Vienna Open final. The Japanese, ranked 11th in the world, will face this year’s Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson after the South African beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3 3-6 6-4. On Saturday, he missed three break points in the first set before finally breaking in the 10th game with an aggressive forehand winner.
Another break early in the second set was enough to ensure victory against his 71st-ranked opponent. “The score might look easy, but the match was very tough,” he said. “Kukushkin was defending well and never gave up.”