Showing posts with label Kei Nishikori. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kei Nishikori. Show all posts

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ferrer wins Acapulco 2015 title

Ferrer wins Acapulco 2015 title

David Ferrer continued beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 to take the Abierto Mexicano Telcel title.

He $343,000 in prize money and 500 Ranking points. Nishikori received $154,620 in prize money along with 300 Ranking points.

Ferrer took a 3-1 lead in the first set and, after trading breaks with Nishikori, served out the first set at love. Continuing momentum, the Spaniard quickly raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set. Kei was able to get one of the breaks back and later fired a forehand to level the set at 4-all.

David earned a crucial break for 5-4 and a chance to serve for the match. Pressure mounted and the top seed broke back for 5-all, but Ferrer prevailed as he broke yet again and clinched the win in one hour and 49 minutes.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kei Nishikori Photos - Australian Open Day 10

Kei Nishikori Photos - Australian Open Day 10

Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 6-4 7-6(6) by Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open... Enjoy some pics from his match...

Kei Nishikori Press Conference

Kei Nishikori Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Kei Nishikori Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

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Q. In the tiebreak in the third set, did you feel more aggressive in your game?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I start feel more comfortable in the third set, especially after I found out couple points that, you know, I could go little more aggressive than first and second set. I was mixing up serve and volleys. My serve was much better than first couple sets because I was making more first serve. I was struggling my serve. That's why I couldn't get good rhythm first and second set. Yeah, tiebreaker was really close. If I could get that one, might change the whole thing. But, you know, he was serving really well until end of the set. So, you know, I think I have to give him credit. Yeah, he obviously played really aggressive and played great tennis. Think obviously play wasn't 100%. But I didn't play really bad. So, yeah, congrats to him.

Q. Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?

KEI NISHIKORI: Well, for sure that my serve could be, you know, much better. I don't know. He was playing good, especially his serve. I couldn't do anything. I got one break. That was kind of lucky. He was missing a lot that game. Well, you know, third set I was playing more comfortable. Yeah, like I said, the tiebreak was the really key for the game.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nishikori into Australian Open quarterfinals

Nishikori into Australian Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori matched his career-best performance at Melbourne Park by grinding down David Ferrer 6-3 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

Spaniard Ferrer's modus operandi has been to drag opponents into endless rallies until they succumb via fatigue or a loss of focus, but Nishikori showed himself up for the scrap and won most of the longer exchanges.

Nishikori blew two match points but closed out the third when Ferrer netted a forehand to seal the win in two hours and six minutes.

Japan's number one will meet defending champion Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semi-finals.

Kei Nishikori Press Conference Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

Kei Nishikori Press Conference Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

Q. This is the seventh time you beat David. All the previous matches went to the final set. How do you feel beating him in straights?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, actually felt little bit weird on the court because I usually play three or five sets all the time against him. Yeah, play really comfortable on the court. I was a lot of confidence going on to this match, and I was playing, you know, almost 100% tennis, really aggressive, good forehand, and serving also was really well. So, yeah, it's not like always favorite to play against him. But today was little bit different, different game.

Q. You're playing Stan Wawrinka next. You know him pretty well. You've practiced with him before the tournament. Can you explain to us what is your relationship with him and what do you think?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, it's going to be really tough match because I seen his play on TV couple matches. Even today he was playing really good. You know, he can hit balls forehand, backhand - great backhand actually. He can hit anywhere from even at the back. Yeah, it's going to be tough match. But obviously I'm on quarterfinals, so never easy matches coming up. Hopefully I can play another good match.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kei Nishikori Photos - Australian Open Day 6

Kei Nishikori Photos - Australian Open Day 6

Kei Nishikori defeated Steve Johnson 6-7(7) 6-1 6-2 6-3 in the third round of the 2015 Australian Open... Enjoy some pics from the match....

Kei Nishikori Press Conference

Kei NIshikori Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015

Kei NIshikori Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015



Q. Give us an idea of what you changed up in the first set.

KEI NISHIKORI: I think I started playing more, you know, side to side. I was hitting to only his backhand, especially first set. He was playing really solid actually. Great forehand, hitting really aggressive. You know, also good serve. I think I was started little bit shaky, little bit tight. But after second set I tried to change my mind, tried to hit through every ball. Return was getting much better. I hit couple winners from returns. Yeah, after first set I was playing I think really solid.

Q. Any reason why you were feeling shaky in the first set?

KEI NISHIKORI: I don't know. I think it's little bit everything. He was playing aggressive, hitting really deep, good serves. I really couldn't do anything. You know, the tiebreak is always, you know, tight points. I just couldn't go hit through. I didn't want to risk it too much. So that's why I couldn't get the tiebreak. But, I don't know, after playing first set, I started feeling little bit, not relaxed, but no pressure. I start thinking to just go for everything.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Photos: Kei Nishikori Australian Open Day 4

Photos: Kei Nishikori Australian Open Day 4

Kei Nishikori defeated Ivan Dodig 4-6 7-5 6-2 7-6(0) to advance to the third round at the 2015 Australian Open.... Enjoy some pics from his match....

Kei NIshikori Press Conference

Kei Nishikori Interview Australian Open R2 Thursday, 22 January, 2015

Kei Nishikori Interview Australian Open R2 Thursday, 22 January, 2015

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Q. How was the match?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, it was long four set. I thought he was playing really well, especially first couple set. He was really aggressive, returning well, and, yeah, was struggling my service game especially. But end of the third and fourth set I was start playing more aggressive and better tennis. Yeah, I thought it was a great match for both of us.

Q. What about the conditions? How did you handle the conditions today?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, it was different than first day. Was much warmer. Hot out there. A lot of sun. It wasn't easy. Especially third and fourth set I was a little bit dizzy and tired. But, you know, it's going to be like this in Australia, so I think I was ready for it. Hopefully I won't play this condition again. Try to get healthy tomorrow.

Q. What about your next opponent? What can you tell us about him?

KEI NISHIKORI: Steve, right?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kei Nishikori Interview - Australian Open R1 Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

Kei Nishikori Interview - Australian Open R1 Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

Q. Do you think that you have taken your game to another level that's more suited to the majors?

KEI NISHIKORI: I think so, yeah. Getting close to next level. Obviously was really tough, tough first match. He could be seeded player, and I know he was injured, but still was tough match. Yeah, was a little bit windy, so we both didn't play maybe 100%. But I was getting more balls, especially third set, and I was play much better third set.

Q. And is it right that you did a big block of training over the sort of Christmas period above and beyond to get ready for this?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah. I had a good three weeks. Always train with Michael and Dante, and I did a lot of conditioning stuff, too. So I think I should be ready for this week.

Q. Li Na just said you will definitely win a Master in your career. How encouraging is that to hear from her?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, that's a good thing to hear from her. It was very sad to see she's retiring, because I was -- she was big, big leadership for especially Asian tennis. I think I'm getting close to -- not really -- but getting close to her. Hopefully I can win a Masters. For sure that's going to be my next goal. Hopefully I can come back Grand Slam final again.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Federers destroys Murray, reaches semis at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Federers destroys Murray, reaches semis at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Roger Federer crushed Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 in 56 minutes and qualified for the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals..

“It wasn't what I was looking for when I went on the court,” said Murray. “Everything he tried tonight came off. He has the ability to do that. I now have six, seven weeks before the next tournament. I have time to work on some stuff.”

“I had the upper hand from the baseline, which hasn't always happened against him,” said Federer. “But I definitely was able to play on my terms. For me, things went very well. I was able to put Andy under pressure very often, and I think the match couldn't have gone any better for me really.”

"I knew I was qualified, so maybe I went in a bit more relaxed," Federer said. "It's not the way I thought it was going to go, but there's always next year for Andy."

Kei Nishikori, who is having a terrific season, qualifies for the semi-finals in second place.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nishikori wants it all

Nishikori wants it all

Kei Nishikori will play for the first time the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and he is looking forward to getting his London campaign underway.

“This is my first experience here,” Nishikori said. “I am really excited to be here for the first time. We all play one another so many times. Mentally I need to be ready for the first match against Andy and his home crowd. I have to imagine I have played on the stadium court.”

“I want to win the whole thing. But it will be a tough tournament. If I can play good tennis for five matches, I will have a chance to win the whole thing. I just need to believe in myself. Next year, I want to be Top 5 all the time and maybe rise to No. 3 or No. 2. I hope to reach a Grand Slam final again and win one of the Masters 1000s next year.”

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Djokovic vs Raonic in Paris final

Djokovic vs Raonic in Paris final

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Novak Djokovic scored a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris and set up a finl clash with Milos Raonic.

"It was a great match," Djokovic said. "I haven't dropped a set getting into the finals. I definitely feel fresh and motivated to play well tomorrow. We could see Kei wasn't serving at his best, maybe he was fatigued from finishing late last night. Regardless, I played well and concentrated on what I needed to do. I served exceptionally well in the important moments and it's something that encourages me for tomorrow.

"I've been very impressed with Raonic. He's one of the best servers in the game. He isn't missing too many and his second serve is bouncing very high. He has very good movement for somebody of his height. He's improved his baseline game and he's a complete player now. He's experiencing the best time of his career and he's coming off back-to-back wins against Federer and Berdych and I'm sure he's motivated to win tomorrow. Having said that he's one of the best servers, one of the keys of the match tomorrow will be trying to get as many returns back in the court and make him play."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Nishikori wins Japan Open

Nishikori wins Japan Open

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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Nishikori wins Malaysian Open

Nishikori wins Malaysian Open

Kei Nishikori won the Malaysian Open after beating Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. He is now the first Asian to win the Malaysia tournament.

The showdown at a packed Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur got off to a cracking start.

Benneteau took an early hold of the tie to lead 3-1, but Nishikori showed resilience, powering back to draw level before going on to clinch the first set 7-6 (7/4), including two sublime back-hand volley winners at full stretch.

A single break in the second set proved enough for the world number eight to seal the match, boosting his chances of reaching the World Tour Finals in London in November.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Marin Cilic wins US Open title

Marin Cilic wins US Open title

Marin Cilic scored a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori to win the 2914 US Open title, his first grand slam title.

Cilic fell to the ground and held his hands together, looking up to the sky. Moments later, he looked to the stands, seemingly stunned. He shook Nishikori's hand at the net, then ran up to his player's box to hug family and friends.
Compared to the veteran champions, he seemed unsure what to do once he sat back in his chair. There, he picked up his phone and tried to call his family in Croatia. Only his younger brother, who recently started college in the United States, was at the match.

The win was the culmination of a surprising second week. Either Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, or Rafeal Nadal (or two of the three) has played in every Grand Slam final since the 2005 Australian Open. One of those three won all but four of those titles, too. But this year, after 38 slams, came a new chapter.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Video: Nishikori Celebrates Birthday In Brisbane

Video: Nishikori Celebrates Birthday In Brisbane

Kei Nishikori talks about his plans to celebrate his 23rd birthday in Brisbane after being presented with a cake by ball kids Paris Northwood and Jacob Dorey.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Nishikori wins Japan Open title


Nishikori wins Japan Open title

Kei Nishikori defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 3-6 6-0 to win the 2012 Japan Open title.

Nishikori took the first set tiebreak 7-5 but then Raonic took the second, drilling a bullet serve at Nishikori's body.

However, Nishikori stormed back in the decider, taking a 4-0 lead, leaving his Canadian opponent gaping in disbelief.

After two hours and eight minutes of play Kei completed a final set 'bagel' to claim the title.

"I'm partying tonight," Nishikori said. "I'd thought the Gods were against me at this event in the past. To win the title is amazing. I'm overwhelmed.

"I don't know what I'm going to do with a year's worth of Corona beer," added Nishikori, sheepishly referring to a bonus gift from tournament sponsors. "I don't even like beer."

Raonic upset Murray in Japan Open semifinal, faces Nishikori next


Raonic upset Murray in Japan Open semifinal, faces Nishikori next

Milos Raonic beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-7 7-6 to reach the final of the Japan Open 2012 tennis tournament in Tokyo.

Raonic will play Kei Nishikori, who defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2.

“It’s an incredible feeling because I’m in a final in my home country,” Nishikori told RakutenOpen.com. “I didn’t think I would be in the final, so I’m very happy. I haven’t won a tournament in four years so hopefully I can win tomorrow.”

The Canadian broke Murray in the opening game and broke again to claim the set 6-3.

In the second set, the Scott saved two break points to hold serve for 1-1.

There were no breaks of serve in the second set and went to a tiebreak, which Murray won 7-5.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Monaco beats Nishikori, Benneteau upsets Ferrer to reach Malaysia final

Monaco beats Nishikori, Benneteau upsets Ferrer to reach Malaysia final

Juan Monaco defeated Kei Nishikori 64 26 76 to advance to the Malaysian Open 2012 final.

The Argentine will next meet Julien Benneteau, who surprised David Ferrer 6-4, 6-1.

Pico saved one match point at 2-5 in the deciding set on his way to a two hours and 43 minutes victory.

"Nishikori played very well," said Monaco. "He came back in the second set, playing better than me. The final set was up and down, he had one match point, then I fought back and I am very happy the way I finished the match. I think the crowd enjoyed it."

"He just played well and I don’t think I played badly," said Nishikori. "He served great and hit the ball well. I stopped hitting and playing inside the baseline."