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Tennis: Nishikori rises to No. 4 despite falling to Ferrer in Mexico

Kei Nishikori lost to David Ferrer in the final in Acapulco, but still rose to a career-high World No. 4. Photo: AFP.

Kei Nishikori lost to David Ferrer in the final in Acapulco, but still rose to a career-high World No. 4. Photo: AFP.

March 1, 2015: Kei Nishikori rose one spot to a career-high World No. 4 despite losing the Abierto Mexicano Telcel final in Mexico on Saturday night as a red-hot David Ferrer beat the top seed 6-3, 7-5.

 

Ferrer, 32, captured his 24th ATP World Tour title, his fourth in Acapulco and his third this year as he improved his season record to 18-1 after also lifting trophies in Doha and Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Spaniard received US$343,000 and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points, while Nishikori earned US$154,620 and 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points. However, the 25-year-old Japanese was disappointed with his 40 unforced errors during the two-set final.

 

“There were too many unforced errors,” Nishikori said. “I tried to be aggressive, but I was missing too much. Especially with this slower surface, he gets everything. I knew I had to step in a little more, but it wasn’t my day.”

 

After grasping an early 3-1 lead in the first set, Ferrer traded breaks with Nishikori before serving out the first set to love. The World No. 9 then quickly raced to a 3-0 lead in the second, but the Japan No. 1 broke back and later fired a forehand to level the set at 4-4.

 

However, Ferrer earned a crucial break for 5-4 and a chance to serve for the match. As the pressure mounted, Nishikori again broke back for 5-5, but the Spaniard broke yet again and finally clinched the win after one hour and 49 minutes.

 

“I fought hard from 0-3 (in the second set) and tried to come back, but he was too good,” Nishikori said. “It was definitely a great week. I had some tough matches and it’s always a great feeling coming through to a final.”

 

Nishikori won his eighth ATP title in mid-February with a third straight win at third successive Memphis Open title and entered the Acapulco final with a 7-3 head-to-head record against Ferrer.

 

Source: ATP World Tour (www.atpworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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