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Kei Nishikori of Japan 1st to win 3 straight Memphis titles, beats Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4

  • Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns a shot to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, in the championship match of the Memphis Open tennis tournament Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns a shot to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, in the championship match of the Memphis Open tennis tournament Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns a shot to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, in the championship match of the Memphis Open tennis tournament Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns a shot to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, in the championship match of the Memphis Open tennis tournament Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, returns a shot to Kei Nishikori, of Japan, in the championship match of the Memphis Open tennis tournament Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, returns a shot to Kei Nishikori, of Japan, in the championship match of the Memphis Open tennis tournament Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Kei Nishikori of Japan beat South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 Sunday in the Memphis Open championship, becoming the first man to win three straight titles at this tournament.

Nishikori improved to 13-1 here where Jimmy Connors failed not once but twice to win three straight titles at this indoor tournament. Tommy Haas and Todd Martin also missed out on a three-peat.

Ranked No. 5, Nishikori won his eighth career ATP title and first since Tokyo last year. He needed only 76 minutes to beat the second-seeded Anderson in their first career meeting on tour.

Nishikori played with a sore right wrist and a blister on his left pinkie toe. He got his left thumb taped during the first set before taking the $106,565 winner's check.