Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori just made history. The 24 year old, who just came from an injury that kept him out for three weeks, captured the Barcelona Open title last Sunday. The win marks the fifth ATP title for the Japanese player’s career.
The Japanese player beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Giraldo, whose game was unnerved by the decision of the chair umpire on a line call early in the game, seemed unseasoned in contrast with Nishikori. The Japanese proceeded to dominate the match until the second set with seven break chances as the Colombian made five double faults, eventually succumbing to Nishikori. In spite of the loss, Giraldo is optimistic that he will be able to come back within the season. Nishikori, ecstatic of the victory, is hopeful that the title will push him to win more titles, especially the long-awaited French Open.
The win was a lot of firsts for Nishikori. It was his career’s first clay title under his new coach, former French Open champion Michael Chang, and the tournament’s first non-Spaniard winner since 2002. “It is not easy to win this title with all the Spanish players that play here. It is one of the most difficult ATP 500 tournaments and I am very happy to win,” he said.
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