Tennis: Marin Cilic downs Kei Nishikori to win Swiss title

Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates wining the final match against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Oct 30, 2016.
Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates wining the final match against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Oct 30, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

Basel, Switzerland (AFP) - Marin Cilic tightened his grip on the last qualifying spot in next month's ATP year-end finals with a dominating 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) defeat of Kei Nishikori to win the Swiss Indoors on Sunday.

The Croatian triumphed in a repeat of the 2014 US Open final, where he also defeated Asia's best player.

Cilic currently holds the last of the qualifying spots for the World Tour Finals in London but will face a battle next week in Paris in the final event of the regular season.

The Basel success was the second title of the season for Cilic after winning his first Masters 1000 title in August in Cincinnati, beating Andy Murray.