Anderson wins the biggest title of his career

Anderson wins the biggest title of his career

After Nishikori held a serve in a tightly contested first game, two Kukushkin returns into the net and a return ace saw Nishikori break in a love game.

With three places remaining for the season-ending showpiece, Nishikori will look to further boost his chances by beating Mikhail Kukushkin in the semi-finals after the Kazakh needed three sets to defeat Marton Fucsovics.

Cape Town - Kevin Anderson has become the first South African player in 23 years to reach the year-end ATP Finals.

"It's fantastic. It's been a huge goal of mine all year", said Anderson.

Anderson joins Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev in sealing his spot at the season finale, which will run from November 11-18 at the O2 Arena in London. I think it's one of our biggest tournaments of the year, really celebrates the Top 8 players of the year.

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

"You've been a world-class player year in and year out so best of luck for the rest of the year", he said. However it was Anderson to win the most recent match at the Us Open semifinal earlier this year. Each of the World No. 8's previous trophy wins - in Johannesburg, Delray Beach, Winston-Salem and NY - came at ATP World Tour 250-level events. "It has been a long time coming... any time you make a final, you want to put the history behind you and it was always going to be a tough match", Anderson said.

Nishikori, who has lost eight ATP finals since his last win in Memphis in 2016, is still in with an outside chance of joining Anderson and company in London.

He will meet Nishikori for the eight time overall with the Japanese leading 4-2 in their tour-level meetings.

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