Showing posts with label Kei Nishikori. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hurkacz upsets Nishikori at Indian Wells

Hurkacz upsets Nishikori at Indian Wells
Hurkacz upsets Nishikori at Indian Wells

Kei Nishikori was beating by Hubert Hurkacz in the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Hurkacz rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory, recovering a break in the third set to post his second win in as many tournaments over Nishikori after a second-round triumph in Dubai.

That victory, which put him into his first ATP quarter-final, propelled Hurkacz to his current career-high ranking.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Nadal and Federer advance at Indian Wells

Nadal and Federer advance at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal raced into the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters as Roger Federer made a less speedy but still successful start to his quest for a sixth title on Sunday.

Nadal needed just 72 minutes to get past overmatched Jared Donaldson, 6-1, 6-1.

Federer looked set for a similarly easy time of it, but had to turn back a second-set challenge from German Peter Gojowczyk in a 6-1, 7-5 win.

Federer said he was relieved not to go to a second-set tiebreaker after falling behind 3-1 to the free-swinging German, who is ranked 85th in the world.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Djokovic through to semi-finals after Nishikori retires

Djokovic through to semi-finals after Nishikori retires
Djokovic through to semi-finals after Nishikori retires

Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for a seventh time on Wednesday after eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired hurt when trailing 6-1 4-1 in their quarter-final.

Top seed and six-times champion Djokovic will meet Frenchman Lucas Pouille, a maiden Grand Slam semi-finalist, on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

Rafa Nadal and Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet in the other semi-final on Thursday.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Nishikori beats Carreno Busta to reach quarters

Nishikori beats Carreno Busta to reach quarters
Nishikori beats Carreno Busta to reach quarters

Kei Nishikori battled from two sets down to outlast Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(8) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-6(8) in an epic encounter on Monday and book his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Dragged into a five-set dogfight for the third time in four rounds, Nishikori struggled to deal with the physical and mental strain early on as Carreno Busta took a two-set lead but the eighth seed clawed his way back to level the contest.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final

Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final
Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final

Novak Djokovic will face Juan Martin del Potro for the U.S. Open title after the Serb beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2 in their semi-final on Friday.

Djokovic, this year's Wimbledon champion, kept Nishikori under relentless pressure, carving out 17 break point opportunities and winning 80 percent of his own first serve points to win in two hours and 23 minutes.

Twice champion Djokovic, who reached his eighth final at Flushing Meadows and is seeded sixth this year, broke Nishikori in his first service game and closed out the opening set with an ace in 37 minutes without facing a break point.

"It felt really good," Djokovic said courtside. "Easier said than done – you have to execute the shots against Kei Nishikori, who is one of the quicker movers on the tour."

Friday, September 7, 2018

Video: Kei Nishikori Battles Past Marin Cilic

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Video: Kei Nishikori Battles Past Marin Cilic

Kei Nishikori takes down Marin Cilic in five-set thriller 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4. Nishikori will face the winner of Millman & Djokovic for a spot in the 2018 US Open Finals

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Video: Kei Nishikori practice at the 2018 US Open

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Video: Kei Nishikori practice at the 2018 US Open

Kei Nishikori warms up for his QF match vs Marin Čilić.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Nishikori reaches U.S. Open quarters

Nishikori outclasses Kohlschreiber to reach U.S. Open quarters
Nishikori reaches U.S. Open quarters

Kei Nishikori will hope to make another deep run at his most successful Grand Slam event after he outclassed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-2 7-5 to reach quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on another blazingly hot day on Monday.

Nishikori fired 29 winners to end the run of Germany's Kohlschreiber, who had beaten fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the previous round.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Video: Nishikori beats Marterer at 2018 US Open

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Video: Kei Nishikori Returns to 2018 US Open Action With Win Over Maximilian Marterer

Kei Nishikori returns to US Open action after a 2017 absence, defeating Marterer 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Video Highlights: Nishikori vs Rublev | Cincinnati 2018

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Video Highlights: Nishikori vs Rublev | Cincinnati 2018

Watch highlights of Kei Nishikori versus Andrey Rublev on Monday at the Western & Southern Open.




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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Video: Nishikori's Cincinnati 2018 hot shot

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Video: Nishikori's Cincinnati 2018 hot shot

Kei Nishikori combines speed and power to stun Andrey Rublev with this forehand winner at the Western & Southern Open.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Video: Nishikori Resurgent And Targeting Top 10 Return

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Video: Nishikori Resurgent And Targeting Top 10 Return

After taking a step backwards to go forwards at the start of the year, Kei Nishikori is working his way back to where he belongs on the ATP World Tour.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon Quarter-final press conference

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon Quarter-final press conference
Kei Nishikori Wimbledon Quarter-final press conference

Kei Nishikori speaks to the media after his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 defeat against Novak Djokovic
Q. In the third set you had a breakpoint opportunity, then you lost your next serve. Was that the turning point for the match?
KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, maybe. That was I think biggest chance I had. But he played great three points. Yeah, maybe things change if I got the game. I mean, also he was playing great tennis.

I know it's not going to be easy holding my serve even after I break him. But, yeah, after that he was playing better. I think he was playing more aggressive and didn't give me any free points.

Yeah, maybe that was the chance I had for the game today.

Q. You said Novak was playing great tennis. Andy Murray, working for the BBC, said he's capable of beating Nadal and Federer on the way to the title. Do you agree with those comments?
KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, maybe. Yeah, for me he was playing very deep. He was going both side with his backhand, his forehand too. It wasn't easy to play obviously.

Yeah, he was serving also very well in certain moments. Yeah. Maybe he has good chance to win the tournament.

Q. Novak got a violation for smashing his racquet on the ground. He got annoyed when you didn't get one. Did you think yours was less bad?
KEI NISHIKORI: I don't know. I didn't know why he got warning, too, so...

Q. Do you think you got away with one? Did you think it was that bad?
KEI NISHIKORI: I don't know. I don't remember. Sorry.

Q. One or two people have said that Novak seems to be back to his fired-up best. He had one or two exchanges with the umpire today. Did you sense he was quite fired-up and motivated today?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, yeah, you can see whole this week. He was pumping his-self up. He was playing, you know, good tennis again. I'm sure he's in good shape again. I think confidence is back for him.

Yeah, like I said, he was playing good tennis. He didn't give me much free points. Maybe in the second set he was little bit down, but he came back again with strong tennis.

Yeah, he was playing good.

Q. Do you think that's when he plays his best, when he's playing with a bit of fire?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, I don't know. I mean, he's usually calm guy. After coming back injury, you got to pump yourself little more than before.

Q. Even though he was playing well, you seemed to stick with him in the match. How far off your best do you feel your game is now? Is your elbow okay going forward?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, maybe wasn't my really best, but I thought I was playing good enough. But, yeah, I think what he did really well is going forehand, backhand, both side. He was making me run all the time. Especially his backhand, he can go both ways.

That gave me really trouble. Yeah, honestly it's not easy playing Novak because I don't have good records. He makes me run every time. Yeah, I may had a couple chances, but he played a good whole game.


Photo and press conference from Wimbledon Website

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Video: Kei Nishikori QF press conference | Wimbledon 2018

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Video: Kei Nishikori QF press conference | Wimbledon 2018

Video: Djokovic beats Nishikori | Wimbledon 2018

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Video: Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori | Wimbledon 2018

Video: Wimbledon Play of the Day - Kei Nishikori

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Video: Wimbledon Play of the Day - Kei Nishikori

Video: Djokovic through to semi finals | Wimbledon 2018

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Video: Novak Djokovic through to semi finals | Wimbledon 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Video: Kei Nishikori Wimbledon 4R Press Conference

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Video: Kei Nishikori Wimbledon 4R Press Conference

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Video: Kei Nishikori secures quarter-final spot | Wimbledon 2018

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Video: Kei Nishikori secures quarter-final spot | Wimbledon 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon first round press conference

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon first round press conference
Kei Nishikori Wimbledon first round press conference

Kei Nishikori speaks to the media after his 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 win against Christian Harrison

Q. What do you like about the game on grass, and what don't you like about it?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, points finish much faster than the other courts and surface. I mean, everybody has to play little more aggressive, I guess, more than the other surface.

I like to play at net. It's been working well. Yeah, I think serve and return is very important here. Yeah, you got to really commit yourself to play very solid tennis. Yeah, if you give them one chance, the game will change soon.