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Tuesday, 9th October 2012
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Nishikori secures tennis title

Kei Nishikori became the first home-grown talent to take the title at the Ratuken Japan Open on Sunday (October 7th).

With top seeds like Andy Murray in the mix, it was no mean feat for the Japanese player to take down a series of rivals for the trophy.

Seeded eighth in the competition, the tennis champion stormed to a 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-0 victory against sixth seed Canadian Milos Raonic in the final.

It took a gruelling two hours for Nishikori to become the first Japanese player to win at the championships, lifting his second ATP World Tour trophy.

"I have not been able to play well in Japan until now, so I always though perhaps I was not mentally strong enough to do so," the modest player said in a statement.

While the men's competition drew to a close at the weekend, the women's HP Open kicked off in Osaka yesterday.

Among the tennis stars making an appearance at this year's event are Australia's Sam Stosur and China's Zheng Jie, who have both progressed to the second round.

Posted by Mark Smith

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