Nishioka beats Shapovalov to secure Korea Open title

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Yoshihito Nishioka defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to win the Korea Open on Sunday, his second ATP title.

The Japanese is hoped to rise to a career-high 41 after his victory.

Nishioka defeated Casper Ruud on the way to the final and he was neck-and-neck in the first set against Canada’s Shapovalov, until he broke in the 10th game to take the first set.

Shapovalov, who was also chasing a second title, took the upper hand early in the second set.

But the 27-year-old Nishioka bounced back, levelling the set and then powering on to win the match and the title on the tie-break.

Nishioka will next participate in the Japan Open in Tokyo this week.