Kevin Anderson vs Kei Nishikori in Vienna final

ATP 250- St. Petersburg Open Men's Singles Final match

ATP 250- St. Petersburg Open Men's Singles Final match

However it was Anderson to win the most recent match at the Us Open semifinal earlier this year.

Anderson, who also won in NY in February and reached the final at Wimbledon, earned a fifth career title but first at a higher-level ATP 500 event.

In the process, Anderson booked his place for the Nitto ATP Finals in London next month joining Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev for the season-ending event.

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

Nishikori leads Anderson 4-2 on career matchups, but the South African won their only previous meeting this year.

Anderson, with only four ATP World Tour 250 championships to his name, would qualify for the ATP Finals by capturing the Vienna title.

A tight second set went to a tiebreak with Anderson landing his 13th ace of the match to win his landmark title.

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After pushing for the break in the decider, Anderson finally converted on his sixth break point opportunity of the set to seal the win in the final game.

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

Now in ninth place, Nishikori with a win could move to within 125 points of the cut for the eight-man event in London next month.

He clinched on his fourth chance when Medvedev netted from the baseline.

The German made in six wins from seven matches with a 7-5 6-3 defeat of Roberto Bautista Agut, and will now face Marius Copil after the Romanian defeated Taylor Fritz 7-6 (8-6) 7-5.

The towering 32-year-old is also guaranteed to finish the year in the top 10 for the first time, reward for claiming the fifth singles title of his career.

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