Top-seeded Wawrinka wins Japan Open for 4th title of year
TOKYO (AP) French Open champion Stan Wawrinka defeated Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Japan Open for his career-best fourth title of the season.
The top-seeded Wawrinka was in control from the outset and secured the win in 65 minutes when the unseeded Paire double-faulted on match point.
In addition to Roland Garros, Wawrinka has won titles this season at Chennai and Rotterdam. He improved to 5-1 against Paire, who upset local favorite Kei Nishikori in the semifinals.
Paire, who struggled with a sore left ankle, was broken four times and committed 12 unforced errors in the match.
Wawrinka is the first Swiss winner in Tokyo since Roger Federer in 2006.