This is Nishiokas second ATP tour-level title. The 26-year-old Japanese with impressive shotmaking. He also showcased smooth movement and stoic defense.
“This week was amazing for me,” said Nishioka after the match.
“I played very well on the court, my mentality and attitude. I just focused on the play, which was very important I think.”
“A couple of matches it was very close, but I played very well, tried to figure out how to beat the opponent, and every match I fought. I needed to play like this in all the matches [so that] I had a chance to beat each of the players.”
“I think my returning was great today,” added Nishioka.
“I know he has a big serve and a big forehand, but I didnt need to worry about that if it was too good. I just focused on playing many balls and putting pressure on him, and if I had chances to just go for it. But first of all, just make a lot of balls, and hit a lot to his backhand, and try to move him.”
Nishiokas first ATP title came in 2018 in Shenzhen.
Shapovalov was gracious in his loss, saying:
“First and foremost, congrats to Yoshi. I mean you’re playing incredible this year. You’re super annoying to play,” he joked.
“It was super frustrating for me, I tried to find a way and I think I did everything I could, so congrats, and to your coach as well, you guys deserve it.”