ATP US National Indoor Championships: Kei Nishikori makes short work of Michael Russell in semi-finals
Last Updated: 16/02/14 10:46pm
Kei Nishikori: One win away from his fourth ATP World Tour title
Defending champion and top seed Kei Nishikori reached the final of the US National Indoor Championships with a 6-3 6-2 win over Michael Russell.
Japan's Nishikori will play the veteran Croatian Ivo Karlovic in Sunday's final in Memphis.
The world No 16 broke late in the opening set and then to open the second to quell the challenge of Russell, who was the last American standing in the tournament.
Nishikori dropped only three points on his serve during the second set and completed victory in an hour and 64 minutes.
Nishikori will be bidding for his fourth ATP World Tour title. The others came as a teenager at Delray Beach in 2008, at Tokyo in 2012 and last year at this event in Memphis.
In the final he will face unseeded, big-serving Karlovic who advanced after the No 4 seeded Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan retired after losing the first set 6-1.
Karlovic walloped seven aces past world No 54th and lost only one of 17 points on his own serve to win the only set in 29 minutes.