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

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."

Monday, August 13, 2012

Video: Del Potro & Nishikori Practice in Cincinnati

Video: Del Potro & Nishikori Practice in Cincinnati

Watch Del Potro and Nishikori Practice at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati...


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Federer sets up clash with Del Potro at Olympics semifinals


Federer sets up clash with Del Potro at Olympics semifinals

Roger Federer defeated John Isner 64 76 to advance to the semifinals of the London 2012 Tennis Olympic event.

Federer broke in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. That was the only service break of the match.

Isner hit a 137 mph serve, and Federer lined a backhand return that caught the net and still landed a winner.

"You just feel bad, really - but relief, because it's finally over," Federer said.

"It goes against you sometimes; it goes for you sometimes," Isner said. "It's unfortunate, but I'm not going to dwell on it. He was better than me today."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Nishikori upsets Ferrer, sets up clash with Delpo at Olympics

Nishikori upsets Ferrer, sets up clash with Delpo at Olympics

Kei Nishikori advanced into the quarterfinals at the Olympics after beating David Ferrer 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

Darkness forced officials to move the match to Center Court with Ferrer about to serve at 4-5 in the final set.

When play resumed Nishikori needed only five points to close out the victory.

Nishikori will next play Juan Martin del Potro, who ousted Gilles Simon 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in one hour and 51 minutes.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nishikori, Goffin and Baker into Wimbledon Third Round

Nishikori, Goffin and Baker into Wimbledon Third Round

Kei Nishikori, David Goffin and Brian Baker advanced to the third round of Wimbledon.

Goffin scored a 4-6 6-4 6-1 6-3 win Jesse Levine, Nishikori beat Florent Serra 6-3 7-5 6-2 while Baker made it past Jarkko Nieminen 6-0, 6-2, 6-4.

Nishikori became the first man from that nation to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Shuzo Matsuoka 17 years ago.

"It feels good. Always proud to make a new history," he said. "When I was in Japan, I think I was 11 and I trained a couple of times a year (with Matsuoka). I think that helped me a lot. He always sends me emails after my matches still."

Goffin, who made a splash after reaching the last 16 as a qualifying round lucky loser at Roland Garros, displayed great tennis against Levine on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon Press Conference | Tuesday 26 June 2012

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon Press Conference | Tuesday 26 June 2012

Wimbledon first round Tuesday 26 June 2012

K. NISHIKORI/M. Kukushkin 7‑5, 6‑3, 6‑4

Q. How did it feel to be back on court after a few months with injury?
KEI NISHIKORI: It was good, actually. It was a little up and down. I was up 2 Love, and he came back. That kind of stuff, you know, it happened couple times this match, but I finished strong. It was good, the match.

Q. Did you have any nerves beforehand after being out for a while and worried how you might come back?
KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I was. I was nervous. You know, it's always tough to play first match when you come back. It took two months to heal my injuries, so I was worried, but played a couple exhibition matches last week, and I think that helps.

Q. Was it a bit of a hard process to come back on grass, especially, in your first match?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nishikori out of Roland Garros, Fish also withdrew

Nishikori out of Roland Garros, Fish also withdrew

Kei Nishikori withdrew from the 2012 French Open because he has not recovered from a stomach injury.

This season, Nishikori reached the Australian Open quarter-finals, but his preparations for Paris were hit by the stomach injury he suffered in Barcelona in April.

He also missed Madrid and Rome Masters.

"I am very disappointed that I won't be able to play in Paris this year. Following the last Grand Slam, I was looking forward to play in the second Grand Slam of the year. I will continue my rehab and plan to be back on the Tour as early as I can," he wrote on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Video: Rafa and Nishikori at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Video: Rafa and Nishikori at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Wath and enjoy how Rafa Nadal and Kei Nishikori played tennis in front of the Sagrada Family in Barcelona....


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Photos: Nadal and Nishikori in Barcelona playing tennis at the Sagrada Familia

Photos: Nadal and Nishikori in Barcelona playing tennis at the Sagrada Familia

Check out some pictures of Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori playing tennis in front of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to promote the Godo tennis tournament.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Videos: Rafa vs Nishikori - Miami 2012 4th round highlights and Interviews

Videos: Rafa vs Nishikori - Miami 2012 4th round highlights and Interviews

Watch and enjoy some tennis highlights from the 4th round match between Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori at the ATP Miami 2012... Also enjoy some interviews with Rafa after the match...


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Photos: Nadal v Nishikori at Miami 2012 Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Nadal v Nishikori at Miami 2012 Sony Ericsson Open

Enjoy the following tennis pictures of Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori during their 4th round encounter on Day 9 of the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida.