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Kei Nishikori joins likes of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal in record

Japanese star beats USA's Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4 to join Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in claiming four successive Memphis Open titles

Washington: Japan's seventh-ranked Kei Nishikori captured his fourth consecutive ATP Memphis Open title on Sunday by defeating 18-year-old US wildcard Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4.

Musical note: Japan's Kei Nishikori poses with the guitar-shaped trophy he received after defeating United States of America's Taylor Fritz to clinch the Memphis Open on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Musical note: Japan's Kei Nishikori poses with the guitar-shaped trophy he received after defeating United States of America's Taylor Fritz to clinch the Memphis Open on Sunday. Pic/AFP

Top seed Nishikori won his 11th career ATP crown by taking his 17th consecutive Memphis match victory. He joins Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as the only active players to have won the same event four years in a row.

'Amazing victory'
"It has been amazing," Nishikori said as he accepted the guitar-shaped champion's trophy. "It was really fun on the court. This is something I've never done before, something new. I'm very happy for that."

Fritz, in only his third tour-level event, was the youngest American in an ATP final since a 17-year-old Michael Chang won at Wembley in 1989. "It was a great week for me," Fritz said. "Winning the tournament four times, that's incredible. He was too tough for me today."

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