After reaching his second consecutive semifinal at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, Kei Nishikori finally found his way to his first career final on the Canadian stage. Nishikori defeated No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6(6), 6-1 to advance to Sunday’s championship match.
His Swiss opponent put up a hard-fought battle in the first set and forced the No. 3-seeded Japanese to the tiebreak. There, Wawrinka actually looked in control before ultimately crumbling under the afternoon sun at Toronto’s Aviva Centre.
Nishikori is now into his 19th career final (11-7 record in championship matches) and third at the Masters 1000 level. He is yet to capture a title at this level. So far in 2016, he has won the Memphis trophy and finished runner-up at Miami and Barcelona.
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Nishikori is the first player to secure his spot in the remaining two. His opponent will be determined tonight on Centre Court when world No. 1 and top seed Djokovic faces France’s Gael Monfils at 8 p.m. ET.