Japan’s Kei Nishikori wins his maiden Barcelona Open title

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London, Apr.28: Rising Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori beat Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-2 to win the Barcelona Open on Sunday for his first career title on clay.

It was the fourth-seeded Nishikori’s fifth career title on all surfaces and his second of the year, reports Sport24.

Giraldo, who entered the tournament as an unseeded player, started off well with an early break in his favor, but an argument with the chair regarding a line call left him rattled.

Nishikori went on to win eight straight games to claim the first set and take control of the match.

This is the first time a non-Spaniard has won the tournament at the Real Club de Tenis since 1996.