Nishikori breezes past Lopez to win Memphis title

Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:00am IST

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REUTERS - Japan's Kei Nishikori wrapped up a straight sets win over Feliciano Lopez to win the Memphis International on Sunday.

Nishikori breezed to a 6-2 6-3 victory over Lopez in a match that lasted just 67 minutes, not much longer than his outing on Saturday when he advanced to the final after Marinko Matosevic was forced to retire with a foot injury following the first set.

A well-rested Nishikori broke Lopez's service twice in the opening set to move ahead 4-1 then took control in the second by opening with another break.

"I'm very happy with the way I played," Nishikori told reporters. "To win this title is an amazing feeling. Hopefully I can win a couple more titles. It's been a good start to the year."

It was the third career title for Nishikori, who also won the Japan Open in Tokyo last October to become the first Japanese player to win on home soil.

Lopez never recovered from a rough start and missed a chance for his first win since 2010.

"He was very aggressive from the beginning," Lopez said. "I have no regrets. I tried everything I could and he was just the better player today."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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