October 26, 2016

ATP World Tour – Basel and Vienna Schedules


Swiss Indoors Basel
Basel, Switzerland
ATP World Tour 500 €2,151,985
Basel, Switzerland (+1 hours GMT)
24-30 October 2016 Surface: Indoor hard


CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
M. Baghdatis (CYP) / G. Muller (LUX) vs D. Marrero (ESP) / M. Matkowski (POL)

Not Before 6:45 pm
D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)

Not Before 6:45 pm
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [Q] F. Delbonis (ARG) / G. Pella (ARG)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [Q] D. Young (USA)


Erste Bank Open 500
Vienna, Austria
ATP World Tour 500 € 1,884,645 (€ 2,467,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Vienna, Austria (+1 hours GMT)
24-30 October 2016 Surface: Indoor hard


CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
A. Seppi (ITA) vs [WC] K. Khachanov (RUS)
[8] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs S. Johnson (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[Q] J. Struff (GER) vs J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs [2] T. Berdych (CZE)
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR)

COURT B start 4:30 pm
N. Almagro (ESP) vs [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH)
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)


ATP Sanctions Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios smiles

ATP World Tour News Release


News Release


17 October 2016


LONDON – Following the completion of its investigation into Nick Kyrgios’ second round match last week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the ATP has announced that Kyrgios has been found to have committed the player major offense ‘Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game.’

The offense means that Kyrgios receives an additional fine of US$ 25,000, and is suspended from ATP tournaments for eight tournament weeks, effective from today, Monday 17 October, 2016, through to Sunday 15 January, 2017.

However, the suspension will be reduced to three tournament weeks upon agreement that the player enters a plan of care under the direction of a Sports Psychologist, or an equivalent plan approved by ATP, meaning Kyrgios could regain eligibility to compete on the ATP World Tour or Challenger Tour from Monday 7 November, 2016.

Kyrgios had already been fined a total of US$ 16,500 for breaches of the ATP Code of Conduct by the ATP Supervisors on-site in Shanghai. He received the on-site maximum fine of US$ 10,000 for violations of the Best Efforts provision in the Code, as well as a US$ 5,000 fine for Verbal Abuse of a Spectator, and a US$ 1,500 fine for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

Today’s announcement completes the ATP’s investigation into this matter which, following the conclusion of the on-site process, included further review of the match, as well as comments made during Kyrgios’ post-match press conference.

Tennis Australia statement regarding Nick Kyrgios

“Tennis Australia will support the ATP sanction on Nick Kyrgios following recent events in Shanghai.

“Nick’s health and wellbeing is a priority and the ATP has offered a reduced penalty on the provision that he seeks appropriate professional advice, which he has agreed to do.

“Nick understands the gravity of his actions, has shown remorse and expressed a willingness to improve.

“We believe it’s our responsibility to help Nick, along with all our young athletes, improve both professionally on court as a player, and personally. We have always offered assistance and advice to Nick and his team and will continue to do so.”


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Andy Murray wins Shanghai Masters for Sixth Title of the Year

(October 16, 2016)

Andy Murray won his sixth title of 2016 when he defeated surprise finalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(1), 6-1 for the Shanghai Masters crown on Sunday. It’s his 13th Masters Series 1000 title.

Bautista Agut upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals on Saturday. The Spaniard was trying to win his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and third title of the season.

The win narrows Djokovic’s lead over Murray in the “Race to London” to just 915 points.


For the 29-year-old Scotsman, Murray, it’s his 41st career ATP World Tour title, placing him in 15th place on the all-time list.


“I did feel like I played better this week than last week,” Murray said. “In all of the matches I was hitting the ball pretty clean.”

“The most important thing to reach No. 1 is to be extremely consistent throughout the whole year, which I have done really since the clay-court season,” Murray said. “I believe I can get there. I definitely believe I can get there. These last few months have proved that to me… I’ll give it my best shot to do it, because I may never get another chance.”


“I think it was a close first set,” Bautista Agut said. “It was not easy for me to handle all the emotions I had this week. For me, it was not easy to feel perfect on the court and in my first final appearance at a Masters 1000,” Bautista Agut said. “But I think I gave everything on the court today.”

“I’m going to learn from all the success I had this week.”

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

In the doubles, Americans John Isner and Jack Sock won their first Masters title as a team, beating Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 6-4.
“We both definitely prefer singles, but we also have a lot of fun playing with each other in doubles,” Isner said. “I think that’s the No. 1 reason why we did so well this week is because we are having a lot of fun with it.”

“It’s always fun playing with a good friend,” Sock said. “John is probably my best friend on tour… Like he said, we just had a lot of fun. Laughed a lot. Kept it light out there. I think that’s why we played pretty well.”


With Kitzbuhel Title, Paolo Lorenzi Becomes Oldest First-Time ATP Winner


Paolo Lorenzi

Paolo Lorenzi

(July 23, 2016) Fourth seed and 48th ranked Paolo Lorenzi of Italy became the oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 in Kitzbuhel on Saturday.

The Italian’s only other final came in March 2014 when he lost in Sao Paulo to Federico Delbonis. At 34 years, 7 months, he has beaten the record set by Victor Estrella Burgos in February 2015 for oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour. Estrella Burgos was 34 years, 6 months when he won Quito.


The 123rd-ranked Basilashvili made some history of his own by becoming the first player representing Georgia to reach an ATP World Tour final.


“I think it’s great to win an ATP World Tour trophy,” said the victor. “I don’t look at the age, so I don’t mind if it’s happening at 34.”

“Winning one trophy was a goal for this year, so it’s great for me. I hope this is not the last,” said Lorenzi. “I’m changing a lot. I need to be more aggressive and improve a lot of things, so this is just the start.”

“I couldn’t handle my nerves today,” said the 24-year-old Basilashvili. “I was very tight, very nervous. I couldn’t handle the pressure, but I think I played great this week and we’ll see for the future.”


“This is a present for me. I think it was a fantastic week,” said the winner. “Today I was playing really good. I am really happy with this win.”

“I think it was a great week for both of us. He’s a lot younger so he will have a lot of time for winning,”


Lorenzi is the first player this year to win both an ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour title, winning Challengers in Canberra and Caltanissetta.

He is the third-oldest champion this season on the ATP World Tour, behind 37-year-old Newport winner Ivo Karlovic and Quito victor 35-year-old Estrella Burgos.





Wawrinka, Thiem, Garcia and Bertens Win Last French Open Warm-up Tournaments

227 Wawrinka fistpump and yell

(May 22, 2016) Defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka comes into the second major of the year by winning the Geneva Open beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(11) in the final. This is the Swiss’ 14th career title.

The Geneva title also gives Wawrinka his first career crown in Switzerland. Wawrinka had played for the singles title in Gstaad in 2005 and for the doubles title there in 2004 and 2008 but lost all three times.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to win a title in Switzerland, after all these tournaments and winning Davis Cup, said the world No. 4 and third seed at Roland Garros. “To be able to do it here in Geneva, in the event’s second year is something special. The fans were great. They made a lot of noise today.

“Marin is a great player. Of course he’s had some injury problems of late but he’s the type of player who can always step up against the best in the world. He really ramped up the pressure toward the end, with those set points, so it was nice to be able to finish off the match.”

Kiki Bertens, a qualifier beat Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2 to win the Nuremberg tournament on Saturday. Bertens knocked out the top seed, Roberta Vinci in the second round of the German

Caroline Garcia made her country happy on Saturday beating veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 6-4, 6-1 to win the Strasbourg International for the second title of her career.

Lucic-Baroni played the final of this event 19 years ago against Steffi Graf.

In a battle between up-and-comers on the ATP tour, top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria beat German 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to defend the Nice Open title for his third ATP trophy of the year.

This is Thiem’s 6th career title.

“It’s been an unbelievably great week,” Thiem said. “The first time I had to defend a title and I made it. Maybe I played better in the three matches before this, but a final is always special. You have so much to win and so much to lose. I played a solid third set and I’m really happy. My arm is a little tired, but I will be ok for Roland Garros on Monday.”

The French Open begins on Sunday.


Almagro, Kohlschreiber and Schwartzman Win ATP Titles

Diego Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman

(May 1, 2016) Unseeded Diego Schwartzman came back to win his first career ATP title on Sunday when he upset second seed and former top ten player Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-0 to win the Istanbul Open. Schwartzman, from Argentina rallied from 2-5 down in the second set before marching on to the victory.

It was a career week for Schwartzman, beating top seed Bernard Tomic in the second round and saving a match point in the final eight.
“It was an amazing match for me,” said the winner. “I played well and fought all match. What happened to Grigor with the cramps also happened to me in Australia this year. With my doubles final and title in singles, it’s amazing.

“I’ve practiced really hard to improve my tennis. I played all the points with 100 per cent effort and I need to. All the matches are tough, against Tomic, Dzumhur and Bagnis. I played really well.”

 “I started cramping at 5-2 in the second set, said the Bulgarian runner-up. “It was very unfortunate that I couldn’t close out the match. I have to give credit to Diego.

“I have two big events coming up and hope that I can face one of the top guys there. There will be some altitude in Madrid and I won’t have much time to get ready, but I like it there.”
AlmagroIMG_3445_AlmagroNicolas Almagro came back to beat Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win the Estoril Open on Sunday. This was Almagro’s 13th career title. All of his titles have come on clay.

This is Almagro’s first tour-level title since Nice 2012.


Kohlscreiber in press

Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber claimed his third Munich crown beating Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (4). The German also won titles in 2007 and 2012.

“Unbelievable. Great story the whole week,” said the champion. “Great performance. Huge final… I’m very happy and pleased with my performance.
“I think it was another great final in Munich.”

“It was a very close final, attractive for the crowd, for sure,” Thiem said. It was very painful for me but Philipp was the better player today, and he deserves to win.
“Almost every final is close because both players never give up. They want to win the title. I’ve won the last five finals… now I’ve lost one. It’s no tragedy, especially against Philipp.”


Federico Delbonis Wins Grand Prix Hassan II for Second Career ATP World Tour Title

(April 10, 2016) Federico Delbonis defeated Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 to win Grand Prix Hassan II for his second career ATP World Tour title on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Argentine, who was the fourth seed, did not lose a set all week in Marrakech. He adds this title to his 2014 Sao Paulo crown.

The third seed and rising star Coric, ranked at 48th in the world lost his second career final. The 19-year-old Croat lost his first final to Stan Wawrinka earlier this year in Chennai.

“I’m very happy to win again on the ATP World Tour,” Delbonis said. “I played at a great level today and it’s great to lift the trophy here. I took my chances, but it was not easy. In the end, I did my job and got the victory. This is what I work for. To win at this level, you have to be mentally focused the whole match.”

“It was a tough match for me today,” noted Coric. “I didn’t find any solutions. I had an opportunity in the second set but unfortunately I couldn’t break him. Nevertheless, I’m happy with my start in the clay season and I’m looking forward to Monte-Carlo next week.”

With the win, Federico Delbonis will return to the Top 40 of the ATP World Tour rankings.


Nick Kyrgios Wins Open 13 for First ATP World Tour Title


(February 21, 2016) Nick Kyrgios captured his first career ATP World Tour title defeating fourth seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the Open 13 final in Marseille on Sunday.

This was Kyrgios’ second final, he lost to Richard Gasquet in the Estoril title match last year.
The 20-year-old Australian did not lose a set or his serve during the tournament. He closed out the match with an ace. He beat three top 12 players in succession – No. 10 Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals, No. 8 Tomas Berdych in the semifinals and No. 12, the 2014 U.S. Open champion Cilic in the final.

He is the first player under of 21 to defeat two Top Ten players in consecutive matches since Juan Martin del Potro did it at the 2009 U.S. Open  when the Argentine beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Roger Federer in the final.

“I played my first final last year and was looking for my first title,” Kyrgios said. “But I didn’t really expect to win this title this week after having a couple of weeks off. But from the first round I started playing really well and just gained confidence as I kept winning matches.

“I think I served really, really well again. I was serving really well all week. I didn’t get broken once. That was the main thing that was good. And I was able to put pressure on my opponents’ serves a lot when I was going through my service games really quickly.”

“I felt I was getting much closer in that second set,” said the 27-year-old Croatian finalist. “Every game was becoming a little more intense. I felt also that he was becoming a bit more frustrated, which was good for me. I had a chance at the end of the second set to get the break, but he managed to play well.

“I think he played really, really well today. He served amazing. It was difficult also from the back of the court. I think he was returning well, making a lot of returns in the first set. I didn’t adjust well enough on the balls that were coming back.

“But I’m really satisfied with the week. It’s really good moving forward and it’s important for me. Nick was playing high-level tennis in the end, but I wasn’t playing too bad either and that’s something good I can take from the match.”

Kyrgios, who is ranked No. 41 in the world will see his ranking move into the low thirties.

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Juan Martin del Potro Makes a Winning Return at Delray Beach; ATP Results

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

(February 16, 2016) Juan Martin del Potro made his long awaited return back to tennis on Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open, when he defeated Denis Kudla 6-1, 6-4 in a first round match on Tuesday night.


The 27-year-old Argentine, who won the 2009 U.S. Open is making his first appearance at a tournament since March last year, sidelined by left wrist surgery. He’s had multiple wrist surgeries since 2009. Del Potro only played two tournaments in 2015 – Sydney and Miami. The former World No. 4 is currently No. 166 in the world.



ATP World Tour 250

Delray Beach, U.S.A. (-5 hours GMT)
15-21 February 2016   Surface: Hard



Singles – First Round
A. Krajicek (USA) d [1] K. Anderson (RSA) 76(3) ret. (shoulder)
R. Ram (USA) d [2] B. Tomic (AUS) 76(3) 61
[5] J. Chardy (FRA) d M. Ebden (AUS) 62 61
[6] S. Johnson (USA) d J. Millman (AUS) 63 57 76(8) – saved 1 M.P.
[7] D. Young (USA) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 76(3) 30 ret. (leg)
S. Querrey (USA) d T. de Bakker (NED) 46 63 64
[WC] T. Smyczek (USA) d T. Fritz (USA) 63 63
[WC] J. Del Potro (ARG) d D. Kudla (USA) 61 64
[WC] N. Rubin (USA) d S. Groth (AUS) 64 46 76(6) – saved 3 M.P.
[Q] T. Ito (JPN) d [Q] D. Novikov (USA) 62 64
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d R. Berankis (LTU) 64 62
B. Becker (GER) d [Q] R. Albot (MDA) 64 61
I. Marchenko (UKR) d M. Granollers (ESP) 63 64

Doubles – First Round

O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d R. Berankis (LTU) / A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 62

STADIUM start 11:00 am
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) vs [3] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[6] S. Johnson (USA) vs B. Becker (GER)
Not Before 2:30 pm
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs R. Ram (USA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs [4] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs J. Millman (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

[4] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs J. Chardy (FRA) / L. Paes (IND)
[8] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [Q] T. Ito (JPN)
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs D. Kudla (USA) / D. Young (USA)
After Suitable Rest – C. Guccione (AUS) / B. Tomic (AUS) vs S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)


ATP World Tour 250
Marseille, France (+1 hour GMT)
15-21 February 2016   Surface: Hard



Singles – First Round
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d [5] G. Simon (FRA) 36 63 76(7) – saved 3 M.P.
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d F. Lopez (ESP) 63 26 76(5)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d L. Pouille (FRA) 76(1) 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 64 64
E. Gulbis (LAT) d [Q] K. De Schepper (FRA) 64 67(6) 76(2)
[Q] M. Zverev (GER) d [WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) 62 75
[WC] A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) 76(4) 75

Doubles – First Round
R. Haase (NED) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [1] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 76(0) 76(6)
[2] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d [PR] L. Dlouhy (CZE) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 61 26 10-7
A. Bury (BLR) / I. Zelenay (SVK) d [4] W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 63 62
J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) d [PR] T. Bednarek (POL) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 76(0) 62


COURT CENTRAL start 11:30 am
[6] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [Q] M. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 2:00 pm
N. Mahut (FRA) vs [Q] V. Millot (FRA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[WC] Q. Halys (FRA) vs [LL] D. Guez (FRA)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
Not Before 8:30 pm
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs R. Haase (NED)

COURT 1 start 3:00 pm

[WC] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs M. Kowalczyk (POL) / A. Siljestrom (SWE)
Possible Court Change – [3] N. Mahut (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS) / N. Kyrgios (AUS)
R. Junaid (AUS) / J. Marray (GBR) vs A. Bury (BLR) / I. Zelenay (SVK)

ATP World Tour 500
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (-3 hour GMT)
15-21 February 2016 Surface: outdoor clay


Singles – First Round
[1] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 61 64
[2] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] N. Jarry (CHI) 63 76(3)
[5] D. Thiem (AUT) d P. Andujar (ESP) 63 64
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [6] J. Sock (USA) 75 61
[7] F. Fognini (ITA) d A. Bedene (GBR) 75 63
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [8] T. Bellucci (BRA) 67(3) 75 62
N. Almagro (ESP) d D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP) 61 36 64
I. Cervantes (ESP) d [Q] T. Daniel (JPN) 36 75 62
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] F. Bagnis (ARG) 62 60
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) 64 36 61
[Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d J. Monaco (ARG) 52 ret. right shoulder
S. Giraldo (COL) d [Q] G. Elias (POR) 64 76(5)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d [WC] J. Souza (BRA) 63 62
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 34 ret. left foot


ATP – [3] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [WC] T. Monteiro (BRA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [5] D. Thiem (AUT) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [2] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) vs G. Pella (ARG)

QUADRA 1 start 2:30 pm
WTA – [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs F. Schiavone (ITA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [7] F. Fognini (ITA) vs [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
ATP – [1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] F. De Paula (BRA) / O. Luz (BRA)
ATP – After suitable rest – A. Bedene (GBR) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs T. Bellucci (BRA) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

QUADRA 2 start 2:30 pm
WTA – [5] P. Hercog (SLO) vs [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU)
Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – S. Rogers (USA) vs V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
ATP – P. Mathieu (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – After suitable rest – D. Lajovic (SRB) / D. Thiem (AUT) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR) / D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP)

QUADRA 4 start 2:30 pm
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
WTA – To be finished – [1] A. Rodionova (AUS) / S. Vogt (LIE) vs B. Haddad Maia (BRA) / T. Pereira (BRA) 76(5) 00
WTA – T. Moore (GBR) / C. Perrin (SUI) vs [2] M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
ATP – After suitable rest – [3] P. Cuevas (URU) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [WC] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA)

QUADRA 5 start 2:30 pm
ATP – M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [2] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – [Q] C. Burger (NED) vs [Q] E. Kostova (BUL)
ATP – P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [Q] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP)
Not Before 5:30 pm
WTA – After suitable rest – [4] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) vs P. Goncalves (BRA) / S. Marand (USA)


Kei Nishikori Four-Peats at Memphis Open

nishikori memphis

(February 14, 2016) Kei Nishikori captured his fourth straight Memphis Open title on Sunday beating 18-year-old American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4. The man from Japan now joins Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors as the only four-time winners of the event. In addition, Nishikori joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in winning a single tournament four times.

“It’s amazing to win four in a row,” Nishikori said. “I tried not to think about it too much this week. I didn’t feel a lot of pressure. It was a tough start again today, but I managed it better. I played better tennis as the match went on and I’m happier with the second set. I only gave him a few points on my serve in the last few games.

“We practiced five or six times the past few years in California, so I know how he plays. I never beat him before, so I was happy to beat him in a match. I tried different tactics to make him move more. He has very good reach so it’s not easy to hit winners, especially on these slow courts. I had to finish the points strong with my legs. He was tough to play.

“I felt a lot of support even here in the US against an American. A lot of Japanese came out today.”
“I definitely didn’t expect to get to a (ATP World Tour) final so quickly,” Fritz said. “It’s a great accomplishment to get here despite losing in the final. I had a great week and I have to be happy with the result. I have a lot of confidence moving forward. I need to get my body stronger and I can continue to play at this level.

“He started off a little tentative and was leaving some balls for me to step in and hit. He was making some mistakes, but he loosened up and started playing much better. After a couple games, the balls get heavier and are tough to put away. Kei’s such a fast player and incredible from the baseline and when I don’t have that to put the ball away, he got extremely tough.”

This is Nishikori’s 11th ATP World Tour title.

For the young American Fritz, it was a career week playing in just his third ATP tour-level event. The teenager will move into the top 100 after becoming just the fifth 18-year-old American to reach an ATP World Tour final in the past 30 years joining Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick, and Pete Sampras.