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History repeats itself as Nishioka shocks Shapovalov in Seoul to win title

Yoshihito Nishioka lifted the trophy on Sunday against Denis Shapovalov

Yoshihito Nishioka Yoshihito Nishioka with his Seoul trophy (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man/SIPA)

Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov, the No 4 seed, 6-4, 7-6 (5) to lift the Korea Open trophy at the Seoul Olympic Park on Sunday.

Nishioka will now rise to a new career-high ranking of world No 41 with his second-ever career title, and first since 2018.

That win, in Shenzhen, also came with a win in the round of 16 over Shapovalov, when Nishioka came through qualifying ranked world No 171; he saved two match points in that match.

It was much more straightforward for Nishioka in Korea.

Ahead of his victory, Nishioka, ranked No 56, defeated No 5 seed Daniel Evans (6-2, 7-6 (3)), Taro Daniel (6-2, 6-4), Norwegian Casper Ruud, the top seed (6-2, 3-6, 6-2) and American lucky loser Aleksandar Kovacevic (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).

Shapovalov, ranked No 24, beat Spaniard Jaume Munar (7-5, 6-4), Radu Albot (6-2, 6-2) and American Jenson Brooksby, the No 8 seed (7-5, 6-4) earlier in the tournament.

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