Anderson wins Vienna title to seal Finals spot

Sherman Parsons
October 31, 2018

Kei Nishikori offered another solid performance and remained on course to lift the title as he beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 6-3 to reach his 12th career final at ATP 500-level at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

Anderson will be the first South African in 23 years to feature in the season-ending tournament in London next month after a 6-3 7-6 (7-3) defeat of Nishikori.

Roger Federer defeated Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 on Sunday at the Swiss Indoors in Basel to win his 99th ATP Tour title.

The world number eight sent down 13 aces and 36 winners, winning 91 percent of his first-serve points as he wrapped up victory in just under two hours.

Top seed Dominic Thiem's dream of a home win in the Vienna Open ended on Friday when he lost in the quarter-finals to Kei Nishikori.

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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 felt I came pretty close the two previous seasons, but I missed out on it".

"You have to win a lot of big matches against the best opponents in the world to book your spot there, so it's fantastic to be amongst the best eight players in the world", Anderson said. 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.

The Japanese clinched the third final of the season after he became the lowest-ranked Monte-Carlo finalist since No. 53 Arazi in 2001 ( No. 1 Nadal) and suffered his first loss in his third title-match in Tokyo ( Medvedev). "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.

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