Nishioka defeats Herbert to win the Shenzhen Open

Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

SHENZHEN, China — Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to win the first title of his career at the Shenzhen Open on Sunday.

Nishioka was able to capitalize on Frenchman Herbert’s low first-serve percentage to win more than half of second serves he faced.

Nishioka is now the 11th first-time winner on the ATP tour this year. He is also the first Asian and first left-handed player to win a title in Shenzhen.

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