Nadal cruises to Japan Open final

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal saved two match points to beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(7) Saturday to book a match with Gael Monfils in the final of Japan Open tennis championships.

In 159 minutes, the top-seeded Spaniard hit 18 aces, converted two of four break point opportunities to improve his ATP World Tour-best match record to 65-8 on the season.

“The match was very close, he played well the whole time,” said Nadal. “The worst part of the match was when I lost my serve serving for the match; I was not happy with how I played the last few games. But the important thing was that I got the win this time, unlike last week in the Bangkok semi-finals.”

World No. 54 Troicki hit 26 aces and won 74 per cent of service points, but was unfortunate to have lost both tiebreak in the first and third set.

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