Anderson into ATP Finals after Vienna Open win over Nishikori

31 October, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • ATP Vienna Kei Nishikori destroys Dominic Thiem. Monfils and Coric retire

The identity of the last two ticket holders will be determined at the Paris Masters starting on Monday, with Nishikori still in with a shout of making the elite eight-player cast list.

According to the ATP World Tour's official website, Anderson - who has risen two spots to No 6 in the rankings - is the first South African since Wayne Ferreira in 1995 to reach the year-end tournament.

Anderson has a shot at a fifth career title and second of the year after winning in NY in February.

Now in ninth place in the race for the ATP Finals, a win would move Nishikori closer to a starting berth for the eight-man event in London next month.

Anderson, with only four ATP World Tour 250 championships to his name, would qualify for the ATP Finals by capturing the Vienna title.

Anderson missed the only chance of another break at 4-4 in the second set, but quickly took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker before closing out the win on his first match point.

His victory is the latest in a dream year for South Africa's top-ranked singles tennis player after reaching his second career Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.

Seeking a ninth title at his hometown event, and a 99th overall, Federer will play 93th-ranked Marius Copil on Sunday.

In the fourth game of the opening set, Anderson used his sixth break point to go 3-1 up, the only time in the match a player lost his serve. He then dropped his serve to love, and let another match point slip in Medvedev's next service game by netting a backhand.

He improved to 2-3 in finals this year after the 32-year-old won the inaugural New York Open in February.

The Romanian aims for a first title after arriving at Basel without a career win over a top-10 opponent.

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