Kevin Anderson seals ATP Finals spot with Vienna Open win

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ATP Vienna: Kevin Anderson tops Kei Nishikori for the biggest title

Kei Nishikori defeated Mikhail Kukushkin on Saturday to book his place in the Vienna final and improve his prospects of becoming the eighth and final qualifier at the ATP Finals in London.

"I don't know what to say".

Thanks to his powerful serve, Anderson, who fired 13 aces, managed to save two break points he faced, while he only managed to break his opponent's serve once out of seven opportunities he created. "Everything was good", Nishikori said.

With the win, Nishikori reclaimed the No. 9 spot in the ATP Race to London and is now 25 points ahead of American John Isner, who was knocked out of the 500 series tournament by France's Gael Monfils in the second round.

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He's the first South African to reach the Finals series since Wayne Ferreira in 1995.

Anderson joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev in qualifying for the ATP Finals, with at least two spots up for grabs in the French capital next week. He beat Nishikori in February to win the New York Open.

Anderson's tussle with the Japanese star was his fifth tour-level final of the season and second trophy of the year.

Nishikori is still in the running for a year-end championships spot, and lost his ninth consecutive final since winning at Memphis in 2016.

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With a victory on Sunday, Anderson will qualify for the ATP Finals.

After a long first few games Anderson finally broke for a 3-1 lead.

Nishikori was more efficient behind his second serve but that wasn't enough for a more positive outcome or at least a set, despite firing 25 winners and 23 unforced errors.

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

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