Kidambi Srikanth became the first Indian and only fourth male shuttler in history to lift four Super Series titles in a calendar year as he beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final at French Open on Sunday.In just 34 minutes, Srikanth beat Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 to lift the French Open Super Series titles.Srikanth Kidambi is the 4th player in history to win 4 Superseries titles in a year. He beats Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017This is Srikanth’s fourth Super Series title this year after he won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier last Sunday and the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series in June earlier this year.Only Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long have won men’s singles titles at four Super Series events in a calendar year.This is the second time that Srikanth has won two consecutive titles (Denmark and French) after the Indian won in Indonesia and Australia in a similar manner. Only Lee Chong Wei has done that before.12 Days 10 Matches 10 Victories2 Titles1 ManSrikanth Kidambi is a legend in making. Hats off to his dedication!- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017Srikanth surpassed Saina Nehwal’s record of three Super Series in a year (2010) and with the achievement, he is all set to reach his career-high of world No. 2 in BWF Rankings. With that win, @srikidambi is set to become the new World #2! An year ago, he was struggling with injuries. He is now one of the fittest!advertisement- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.31 IST: And that’s it! Srikanth has done it! He beats Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 to lift his maiden French Open Super Series title.???in ???? ???in ????Âº???in ???????in ????Srikanth Kidambi wins successive Superseries titles for the 2nd time in 2017 by clinching the #FrenchSS title! pic.twitter.com/aVzneRb4wq- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.27 IST: Nishimoto is trying to fight back but Srikanth leads 18-12.20.24 IST: Brilliant attacking play from Srikanth.Just 5 points away from history is Srikanth Kidambi. Leading 16-8 in the second game. Come on!!! #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.22 IST: Lovely play by Srikanth to move Nishimoto all around the court but misses the net shot and the Japanese gets a point. He leads 13-8.20.21 IST: Nishimoto challenges but the shuttle is in. He only has one challenge left now. Srikanth leads 12-6.20.19 IST: Srikanth leads 11-5 at the breather. The Indian inches closer to his fourth Super Series title of the year.You blink. You miss. Srikanth is that quick!He is accumulating points in Paris. Leading 11-5 at the break. #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.18 IST: What a brilliant smash from Nishimoto down the line! Srikanth leads 10-5.20.16 IST: Nishimoto is unable to handle the pace changes from Srikanth and hitting it long, gifting the points to the Indian. Srikanth leads 9-2.20.13 IST: Srikanth maintains the flow and Nishimoto is now playing the shuttles wide. He leads 3-0.Srikanth is as cool as ice and we are witness something special from the ace shuttler! Starts the second game leading 4-0! #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.11 IST: Srikanth takes the first game 21-14 in just 16 minutes.16 minutes is all it took Srikanth Kidambi to wrap up the opening game. Once he got into the groove, there was no stopping him! #FrenchSS- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.08 IST: Srikanth looks like a man on mission. He leads 18-12.Retrieving swiftly, attentive at the net and smashing exquisitely. Srikanth is looking in supreme touch! Leading 18-12. #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.07 IST: Nishimoto is staying in touch with Srikanth with some beautiful strokes. The Indian leads 15-12.Wonderful display of badminton by Srikanth. Follows up a net shot with a thunderous smash. Leads 14-11 against Nishimoto. #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.05 IST: JUMP and SMASH! A perfect Srikanth special and he leads 14-10.20.02 IST: That’s five points in a row for Srikanth. He leads 11-9 at the break.Srikanth wins 5 consecutive points to go into the break leading 11-9 against Nishimoto. The momentum is on his side! #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017Srikanth is slowly but surely coming into his own. Draws level to make it 9-9 against Nishimoto. Wins 3 on a trot. #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201720.00 IST: A brilliant 392 KPH winner by Srikanth to make it 7-9.19.59 IST: Nishimoto is managing to get the shuttle back more often and frustrating Srikanth. He leads 8-5.Early signs that this will be much closer than the final which happened last Sunday. Nishimoto leads 8-5 against Kidambi #FrenchSS FINALadvertisement- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201719.57 IST: Nishimoto is showing some intent.After trailing 0-2, Nishimoto wins 4 points on a trot against Srikanth. Ahead 4-2. #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201719.55 IST: Excellent cross court shot from Nishimoto to level 2-2.19.54 IST: Nishimoto puts the shuttle wide and Srikanth takes the first point of the match.19.54 IST: Srikanth begins the match proceedings.19.50 IST: Both the players are warming up on the court.19.49 IST: This is the second meeting between Srikanth and Nishimoto. They last met in the first round of Singapore Open Super Series, where the Indian came out victorious.19.48 IST: Srikanth and Nishimoto are making their way to the court.19.41 IST: Srikanth is playing today to become only the fourth male player in history to win four singles Super Series title in a calendar year. Only Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long have done that.19.36 IST: Ahmad and Natsir have won the match 22-20, 21-15. Srikanth is up next!Up next in #FrenchSS, Srikanth Kidambi takes on Kenta Nishimoto in Men’s Singles FINAL. Raise your hands if you’re watching!- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201719.26 IST: Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir have won the first game 22-20 against Chinese pair of Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen. The Chinese are leading the second game 12-9.19.12 IST: Srikanth has spent two hours and 42 minutes on court in this tournament compared to Nishimoto’s four hours and 34 minutes.Photo Credit: Kidambi Srikanth Twitter 19.00 IST: Srikanth’s is the third match of the day. The mixed doubles final is currently going on.18.45 IST: Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu have won the women’s doubles French Open title by defeating Korea’s Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan 21-17, 21-15.18.40 IST: Here’s a look at Srikanth’s French Open journey.A very close match today but happy to be on the winning side. Looking forward to coming back on court tomorrow.#teamindia #believe #achieve pic.twitter.com/4cIafYoDvv- Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) October 28, 2017ROUND 1: Srikanth eased past Germany’s Fabian Roth after the latter retired 0-3 down in the first game.ROUND 2: Re-run of Denmark Open semi-final — Srikanth beats Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong. READ MOREQUARTER-FINAL: Srikanth pulled off a dramatic comeback against defending champion Shi Yu Qi of China. READ MOREThe gutsy warrior, @srikidambi, beats the defending champion, Shi Yuqi, 8-21, 21-19, 21-9! He’ll face HS Prannoy in #FrenchSS SEMIFINAL! ??? pic.twitter.com/xGegcJSzop- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 27, 2017SEMI-FINAL: Srikanth came from behind to eke out a close win against fellow Indian HS Prannoy. READ MOREGracious in defeat is @PRANNOYHSPRI who played valiantly against Srikanth in the first all-India Superseries semi-final. ??? pic.twitter.com/3hSJi7B80m- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 201718.30 IST: Irrespective of the result of today, Kidambi Srikanth is all set to reach his career-high world No. 2 in the BWF Rankings. Only last week, after the Denmark Open triumph, Srikanth had climbed to the fourth spot in BWF Rankings.advertisement.@srikidambi breaks into the top 5 once again!The #DenmarkSSP winner is now the World Number 4 as per the latest @bwfmedia rankings. ?? pic.twitter.com/g3nYHBqo1k- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 26, 2017BRIEF PREVIEW:Kidambi Srikanth will be eyeing his fourth Super Series title this year and maiden French Open trophy when he faces Japan’s Kenta Nishimota in the men’s singles final on Sunday.Having reach his fifth Super Series final this year, Srikanth has joined an elite list of male shuttlers to have achieved the same feat..@srikidambi matched the feats of 3 Olympic medallists after his fantastic triumph in the #FrenchSS semi-final. pic.twitter.com/YORRzC2M9s- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017The 24-year-old already created history yesterday when he beat compatriot HS Prannoy to become the first Indian male to reach the final in France.Srikanth and Prannoy together created a record as well as they played the first all-Indian men’s singles semi-final in a Super Series event.For the first time, two Indian men will square off in a Superseries semifinal.HS Prannoy takes on Srikanth Kidambi shortly. #FrenchSS SF pic.twitter.com/FLOp37jChl- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 28, 2017Srikanth is currently level with Saina Nehwal’s year of 2010 having won three Super Series titles — Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series (June) and Denmark Open Super Series Premier (October).With a total of five Super Series titles in his career, Srikanth is only behind Saina Nehwal (10) as the most titles won by an Indian in the Super Series circuit and has the most number of Super Series titles in the men’s circuit this year.With 3 trophies under his belt, Srikanth Kidambi has the most number of Superseries titles in the men’s singles circuit in 2017. ??? pic.twitter.com/xPpBaprArr- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 23, 2017On the other hand, Srikanth had already broken Saina’s record of reaching three Super Series finals in a year when he reached and later won the final in Denmark.