Kei Nishikori defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4 to win the Japan Open title this past weekend.
Nishikori was in tears as he hugged his tennis star-turned-coach Michael Chang.
The victory in just over two hours sends Nishikori to fifth in the points race for November's ATP season final in London while Canadian Raonic holds onto the eighth and final spot.
"I hope to get to London. I am getting close, but there are two more Masters 1000s and 500s left," said Nishikori. "These next few weeks will be really important for me.