Sports updates from Francis Quashie Agbedeke (Level 200,UEW)


Anderson in New York final

Top seed Anderson downed Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) in a gruelling 2hr 11min semi-final and will now play America’s Sam Querrey in Sunday’s final.

Nishikori had been chasing a first ATP Tour victory after returning from a five-month injury layoff.

However the 28-year-old was slow to start, with Anderson racing through the first set to go 1-0 up before Nishikori found his range in the second.

Anderson’s reliable service game — he won 79 percent of his first serve points compared to Nishikori’s 60 percent — was to prove decisive in the third set tie-break.

Nishikori dropped three service points in the tie-break, which 31-year-old world number 11 Anderson duly punished to wrap up the win.

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Earlier, Querrey ended his long wait for a first victory over France’s Adrian Mannarino to book his place in the final.

Second seed Querrey, who had lost all three of his previous meetings with the fourth-seeded Mannarino, came from behind to win 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-3 to the delight of the home fans.

World number 12 Querrey, who has not reached an ATP Tour final since the Mexican Open last year, was delighted to have finally notched a win over Mannarino.

“It feels like I beat Rafa (Nadal) out there,” the 30-year-old Las Vegas resident said. “That guy’s always been so tricky. It’s my first time beating him and it feels good.

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“I’m so happy to get through that and be in the final. I’m really excited.”