From Vienna to London - Anderson secures ATP Finals ticket

ATP 250- St. Petersburg Open Men's Singles Final match

ATP 250- St. Petersburg Open Men's Singles Final match

Anderson, who has now won five ATP titles, said it had been his goal all year to qualify for the ATP Finals.

Anderson fired 13 aces today and he delivered fury behind his first serve, winning 39 out of 43 points after landing it in and saving both break points he faced to mount the pressure on the other side of the net.

Anderson was runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon in July but the win in Vienna represented the biggest title of his career.

"I felt I came pretty close the two previous seasons, but I missed out on it".

Appearing in his fifth tour-level final of the season, Anderson captured his second trophy of the year after one hour and 55 minutes.

"And just London, the event itself, I've heard so much about it - a great arena, a great atmosphere - and to do it by winning my first 500 here in Vienna, as well, is a great combination". This was their seventh meeting and the third win for Kevin who prevailed in the semi-final of NY back in February, also on an indoor court. Each of the World No. 8's previous trophy wins - in Johannesburg, Delray Beach, Winston-Salem and NY - came at ATP World Tour 250-level events.

Nishikori, who has lost eight ATP finals since his last win in Memphis in 2016, is still in with an outside chance of joining Anderson and company in London.

"The score might look easy, but the match was very tough", he said. With Nishikori leading 5-4, Nishikori had two chances and converted the second set point.

The Japanese's efforts were further undermined by 23 unforced errors and three double faults and though he improved enough to force a second set tiebreak, Anderson held his nerve and sealed the win with an ace.

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