Thiem's hopes of home win ended by Nishikori

Thiem's hopes of home win ended by Nishikori

Japan's Kei Nishikori advanced to the final of the Erste Bank Open with a straight-sets semifinal victory over Mikhail Kukushkin on Saturday.

His qualification means there are two places still up for grabs ahead of next week's Paris Masters, with Croatian Marin Cilic, Austrian Dominic Thiem, Nishikori and American John Isner still in the race.

Earlier, qualifier Kukushkin came from a set down to beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4).

This year's beaten Wimbledon finalist saw off the Japanese fifth seed 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to join Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev in London next month.

"It's fantastic. It's been a huge goal of mine all year", Anderson said after lifting the trophy.

"You've been a world-class player year in and year out so best of luck for the rest of the year", he said.

Appearing in his fifth tour-level final of the season, Anderson captured his second trophy of the year after one hour and 55 minutes.

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"And just London, the event itself, I've heard so much about it - a great arena, a great atmosphere - and to do it by winning my first 500 here in Vienna, as well, is a great combination".

The South African will also have London on his mind as he chases his second ATP crown of the year.

He improved to 2-3 in finals this year after the 32-year-old won the inaugural New York Open in February.

The Romanian aims for a first title after arriving at Basel without a career win over a top-10 opponent.

"The score might look easy, but the match was very tough", he said.

"I was up against an unbelievable opponent in Kei and I really had to play some wonderful tennis".

A tight second set went to a tiebreak with Anderson landing his 13th ace of the match to win his landmark title.

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