Nishikori upset by Dolgopolov in final in Buenos Aires
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 20, 2017 10:07 AM
Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine celebrates after winning his match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, during an ATP Argentina Open tennis match, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Agustin Marcarian)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-4 by Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday in the final of the clay-court Argentina Open.
Dolgopolov won his third ATP singles title and his first in five years. It was also the Ukrainian's first victory over his Japanese opponent after losing their previous five head-to-head matches.
Nishikori, who is No. 5 in the ATP singles rankings, has won 11 singles titles, but only two on clay.
Nishikori will also be the top-seeded player in next week's Rio de Janeiro Open, with Dominic Thiem of Austria No. 2. Dolgopolov will be unseeded on clay in Rio.