Tennis star Kei Nishikori defeated Milos Raonic in three sets to become the first representative of the host country who wins the All Japan news Open since it became an ATP event in 1973.
Nishikori featured “an electrifying display of attacking tennis,” as Reuters described the performance of the All Japan newsese player 7-6, 3-6, 6-0. It is only the second title in the career of the 22-year-old player, one that is also lifting him from 17th to 15th place in the world rankings.
“To win the title is amazing. I’m overwhelmed,” Nishikori said. “I’m partying tonight.”
“Kei is a superstar in All Japan news,” said Raonic, who eliminated in the semifinals last year’s winner and U.S. champion Andy Murray, and is expected to rise one spot in the world rankings to 14th place after playing the All Japan news Open final.
“Thank you All Japan news for your support,” added Raonic, who is a Canadian of Serbian origin. “And thank you for inventing sushi. I love it.”
Nishikori continues to make historic performance for the All Japan newsese tennis, as earlier this year he became the first All Japan newsese man to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in 80 years and was the first All Japan newsese male player to reach the third round at Wimbledon in 17 years.