Kei Nishikori moved into Japanese Open 2012 final after sweeping away a surprise semifinalist Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets.
It is the end of the Tokyo road for Baghdatis who upset Juan Monaco in second round, while eighth-seeded Japanese is ready to take his second ATP title after conquering Delray Beach back in 2008. The home crowd favorite dictated the terms of today’s semifinal clash all the way, not handing his Cypriot adversary any break point opportunities during the one hour long match. On the other hand, 46th-ranked Baghdatis dropped his serve twice by 5-2 in the opening set and found himself a set down after Nishikori produced a love game to confirm the second break.
A more of the same in the set number two with the 22-year-old Japanese immediately building an unassailable 4-0 lead. The Cypriot finally got on board with two comfortable holds, yet Nishikori’s serving left nothing to be desired either. He converted the second match ball with an accurately placed backhand volley to round up both his successful net attack and his dominant semifinal performance. The end score 6-2, 6-2 will see him through to ATP tournament final on home soil.
According to his post-match interview he was happy with his versatile style of play. It is an incredible feeling to enter Tokyo final, Nishikori added, but was also aware of the fact that Raonic, whom he had not played before, is bound to cause him a lot of trouble, especially with his serving capabilities.