Kei Nishikori beats John Isner in three sets to win Citi Open

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori claimed his 10th career title as he came from a set down to defeat John Isner in the Citi Open hard-court title.

 

The second-seeded Nishikori, runner-up at the US Open last year, continued his preparations for this year’s Flushing Meadows with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over big-serving American John Isner.

The 6-foot-10 eighth seed hit 18 aces and took the first set, before Nishikori hit back to win in three and claim his third title of the year, with only Novak Djokovicand Roger Federer winning more tournaments in 2015.

“I’ll try to keep going,” Nishikori said. “I’ve been playing well.”

Nishikori will move up from No. 5 to No. 4 in Monday’s rankings, equalling his career best. He collected $343,000 in prize money, while runnier-up Isner took home almost $155,000.