Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan downed Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Japan Open.
The victory gave the 22-year-old Nishikori his second career ATP tour title and first in more than four years.
Nishikori, ranked No. 17, put on a fine all-around display before a packed house at Ariake Colosseum to record the triumph against the sixth-seeded Raonic.
The Japanese lost just two games on serve against Raonic, who lacked the spark he showed on Saturday when he ousted top-seeded Andy Murray in the semifinals. Raonic was undone by unforced errors in the loss.
Nishikori, a native of Shimane Prefecture in southern Japan, is the first Japanese player to win the tournament in its 41-year history.
Nishikori broke Raonic in the second game of the opening set, marking only the second time in 44 games in the tournament that Raonic had dropped a game on serve. Nishikori then held serve to go up 3-0.
Raonic responded by winning three straight games to level, i...