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Data urodzenia: 29 grudnia 1989 r.
Miejsce urodzenia: Shimane, Japonia
Rezydencja: Bradenton, Floryda, USA
Wzrost: 5'10'' (177 cm)
Waga: 150 lbs (68 kg)
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Status Pro: 2007

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Kei Nishikori (ur.29.12.1989) , praworęczny gracz o bekhendzie oburęcznym, treningi tenisowe rozpoczął w wieku 5 lat, by jako 14-latek wyjechać do USA i doskonalić swoje umiejętności w akademii Nicka Bollettieriego na Florydzie. W 2006, w parze z Argentyńczykiem Emiliano Massą, triumfował w grze podwójnej juniorów na French Open. W tym samym turnieju w grze pojedynczej osiągnął ćwierćfinał. Rok później wygrał rywalizację juniorów przy turnieju Masters Series w Miami (Luxilon Cup).

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“I doubt about myself, I think the doubts are good in life. The people who don’t have doubts I think only two things: arrogance or not intelligence.”

"When these kind of matches happen you suffer, but I really enjoy these moments. I really enjoy suffering, because what's harder is when I am in Mallorca last year and I had to watch these kind of matches on the TV."


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Obrazek Kei Nishikori - osiągnięcia



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2014 (4) Tokio, Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona, Memphis
2013 (1) Memphis
2012 (1) Tokio
2008 (1) Delrey Beach



Finały w singlu (4)
2014 (2) US Open, ATP World Tour Masters-1000 Madryt
2011 (2) Bazylea, Houston


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#1) Delrey Beach 2008

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R32 Mayer, Florian (GER) 6-0 4-3 RET
R16 Delic, Amer (USA) 6-7(7) 6-4 6-2
Q Reynolds, Bobby (USA) 6-2 6-4
S Querrey, Sam (USA) 4-6 6-2 7-6(7)
W Blake, James (USA) 3-6 6-1 6-4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaW_vBwf ... re=related

Bardzo pobieżny skrót pojedynku finałowego Delray Beach 2008, gdzie Japończyk zdobył swój pierwszy i jedyny jak dotychczas tytuł w ATP Tour. Uczynił to mając 18 lat i 2 miesiące.

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2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


MTT - finały (20)
2018 (2) Stuttgart, Marsylia
2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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Update Regarding Elbow Injury Kei Nishikori

BRADENTON, Florida, August 11, 2009 – After withdrawing from the French Open in May, IMG client Kei Nishikori and his team visited Dr. Altchek, one of the leading arm specialists in the world, who diagnosed him with a minor stress fracture in his elbow that required extensive rest and therapy.

The pain in the elbow, however, continued to exist. As a result, Dr. Altchek and Dr. Saito from the Nihon University Hospital in Tokyo, who is Kei’s doctor in Japan, decided the best option for Kei was to undergo a small microscopic surgery to remove a minor bone spur. Dr. Saito performed the procedure in Tokyo last week, and Kei is expected to be back on the court and start practice in about 4-6 weeks.

Kei will continue his rehabilitation process under the guidance of Dr. Saito and his team in Tokyo, and return to the IMG/Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida once he is ready to start hitting tennis balls. In Florida, Kei will continue his rehab at Bollettieri Sports Medicine.

Kei will not participate in the upcoming US Open at the end of this month. IMG is currently finalizing Kei’s protected ranking with the ATP, which will enable Kei to participate in most of the big tournaments in the first half of 2010.

Tak oto marnuje się wielki talent. Bo jak tu myśleć o dużej karierze, gdy w czasie największego rozwoju tenisowego ma się roczną przerwę.


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http://www.facebook.com/keinishikori

Konto Kei'a na facebooku.


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Znakomity powrót Kei'a.

Japończyk wygrał 2 challengery w ciągu 2 poprzednich tygodniach. Miesiąc temu nie był klasyfikowany w rankingu, teraz jest już 244.

Oto imponujący progres, jeżeli chodzi o zajmowane miejsca:

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17.05.2010 244
10.05.2010 345
03.05.2010 649
26.04.2010 648
19.04.2010 799

Przez 2 tygodnie ponad 400 miejsc, brawo. :)

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2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


MTT - finały (20)
2018 (2) Stuttgart, Marsylia
2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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Jego sukcesy po powrocie mnie nie dziwią, bo jest to bardzo dobry zawodnik. Pamiętamy przecież jego grę w DB gdzie wygrał cały turniej, IV r. US Open i zwycięstwo nad Ferrerem. Jak kontuzje go ominą to jego miejsce jest spokojnie w Top 50. I tego mu życzę, brakuje skośnookich w ATP :)

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W: LA 08, Dubaj 09, New Heaven 09, Bangkok 09, Pekin 09, Madryt 10, Roland Garros 10, Barcelona 11, Madryt 11, Roland Garros 11, Cincinnati 11, Paryż-Bercy 11, Monte Carlo 12, Tokio 12, Dusseldorf 14
F: Olympic Games 08, Bangkok 08, s'Hertogenbosch 10, Wimbledon 10, LA 10, Memphis 11, Waszyngton 11, Montreal 11, Szanghaj 12, WTF 12, Madryt 14


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Nishikori returns in dramatic fashion

Kei Nishikori recovers from a two-set deficit to advance past Santiago Giraldo on Monday at Roland Garros. Nishikori is joined in the second round by Marcos Baghdatis, a straight-set winner of Jesse Witten.

A Top 60 player when he was just 19 years old, Kei Nishikori won his first Grand Slam match since the 2008 U.S. Open on Monday at Roland Garros. And he did it in improbable fashion.

The oft-injured Japanese sensation, who missed almost all of 2009 and lost in the first round of this year's Australian Open, stormed back from two sets down to outlast Santiago Giraldo 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-4 in three hours and 26 minutes. In answering questions as whether or not he could play a five-set match, Nishikori booked a second-round showdown against Novak Djokovic.

Despite having momentum from two straight Challenger titles this month, Nishikori looked rusty on one of the sport's biggest stages and Giraldo seized a commanding lead. The 58th-ranked Colombian won the first two sets with ease and came within a matter of points of a straight-set victory. Nishikori, however, managed to force a tiebreaker at the end of the third frame of play and he took it seven points to theree.

From there it was all over for Giraldo, who seemed to be hampered by a thigh injury throughout the fourth and fifth sets. Nishikori lost only six games the rest of the way and he always had an answer even though his opponent continued to provide resistance until the very end. The world No. 246 finished with 46 winners and 32 unforced erros.

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GILBERT TO HELP NISHIKORI NEXT YEAR

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Kei Nishikori trains at the IMG Bollettieri
Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.


Former World No. 4 and renowned coach Brad Gilbert has agreed to help Kei Nishikori as a consultant at 15 tournaments next year.

“I have been working at the IMG Bollettieri Academy for a few years now, helping out Kei and other players,” Gilbert told ATPWorldTour.com.

“I decided to expand my role with Kei to 15 tournaments, but TV work with ESPN will remain my first priority.”

Since retiring in 1994, Gilbert has coached Andre Agassi (1994-2002), Andy Roddick (2003-04) and Andy Murray (2006-07).

Nishikori, currently No. 98 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, is excited about adding Gilbert to his team.

“Brad’s knowledge as a former top player, as well as his coaching success, is something that can help me become a better player.”

The Japanese star will continue to travel full-time with his coach, Dante Bottini. After one week’s training at Gilbert’s house in California, he will start the 2011 season at the Aircel Chennai Open in India.

In September, the 20 year old advanced to the US Open third round (l. to Montanes), which represented his best Grand Slam performance since 2008.

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Magazyn DEUCE z 2008 roku.

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PROJECT 45 NO LONGER A SECRET
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Even as a teenager, Kei Nishikori is the center of attention in his homeland.

Kei Nishikori, the youngest player in the Top 100, is the face of tennis in Japan, a country of 127 million people. He is also poised to become one of the ATP's biggest stars.

The Grand Pacific Le Daiba, situated on Daiba Island with majestic views of Tokyo Bay, welcomes celebrities, businessmen and tourists throughout the year but rarely have guests at the 30-storey luxury hotel found themselves as extras in a real life Truman Show broadcast to millions across Asia. Kei Nishikori has learned to live with extraordinary media attention since becoming the country's first ATP titlist in 16 years. But at the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships in September, his celebrity reached new levels.

From the moment the hotel lift doors opened and Japan's new hero glided across the marble lobby, camera crews recorded his every move. Courtesy cars ferried him past billboards adorned with his face to and from the tournament site, where the clamor for footage and quotes was just as fierce. Each of his press conferences was standing room only and there were 24 requests for one-on-one interviews, sponsor functions and exhibition matches to attend.

"Every player that competes at their home tournament gets a lot of media attention, but the attention Kei received at Tokyo in September had never been witnessed in Japan before," explained his manager Olivier Van Lindonk of IMG, the sports, entertainment and media company. "Kei received the kind of media attention that is reserved for Grand Slam champions at Wimbledon."

Nishikori carried it all off with a smile, humor and patience that arguably only Boris Becker experienced as a 17 year old when he captured the 1985 Wimbledon title. In the space of 11 months he has learnt to live with and enjoy the exposure.

Five years have passed since an introverted, polite 13 year old left his parents in Shimane, a mountainous prefecture located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, fuelled only by the language of tennis to pursue his dream at one of the biggest sports academies in the world. Kiyoshi Nishikori, an engineer, and his mother Eri, a piano teacher, had given their son Kei his first tennis racquet at the age of five and watched him develop a heaven sent talent for the game.

The wide-eyed child and his older sister Reina had attended camps led by Japan's former ATP pro Shuzo Matsuoka and quickly cloned the shots of his favorite players, such as Roger Federer. The Japanese Tennis Association had ear-marked Nishikori for success and it was the financial support of sports fan Masaaki Morita, a member of the founding family and former Sony Life Insurance CEO, that landed the teenager on the doorstep of Nick Bollettieri's academy in Bradenton, Florida.

"When I was 12, I was picked through a Bollettieri selection process in Tokyo," recalled Nishikori. "I first went on a three-week trial and I enjoyed it very much. I played tennis all the time – alongside around 800 other children – and although it was hard work, the top players that train at the Academy really showed me just how hard I needed to work to become a professional player."

Gabe Jaramillo, who has worked as Director of Tennis and Head Coach at the IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy since 1981, remembers, "Kei showed himself as a player of great potential. The trial also showed the coaches at the Academy that he could compete in different situations and adjust to the American lifestyle. His forehand was explosive, but his volleying was poor and his service technique was that of a beginner."

Interest in professional tennis had dwindled in Japan soon after Matsuoka had retired from professional tennis in April 1998 with one ATP title at Seoul in 1992 to his name. "The moment I retired, I set up tennis camps for children aged 10-18 with the objective of helping young Asians to attain a Top 100 ranking," said Matsuoka, who is delighted that his camps and the establishment of the Morita Tennis Fund have inspired a new generation of young players to pursue a career on the ATP circuit.

"I have always aimed to break Shuzo's career-high ranking of No. 46," admitted Nishikori. "When I moved to Bradenton in 2004, even though I couldn't speak a word of English, I didn't feel homesick. I was too busy developing my game. I have always been blessed with a powerful forehand but had to work on my service motion and footwork around the court. I would make too many mistakes in my attempts to hit winners off every stroke."

Jaramillo added: "As we didn't have any Japanese coaches or translators we hired someone who Kei already knew for the first couple of years to ensure that his transition was trouble free. We enrolled him at a school, where they teach English as a second language.

"The Academy's coaches found it very difficult to get Kei to open up initially. He didn't have any confidence, his mind was low key and he didn't give us much feedback, but we found he liked straight forward coaching techniques. The first couple of years we kept a tight schedule and set to work on Kei's service and throwing motion, asking him to throw hundreds of American footballs and baseballs in order to develop the basics."

Brought up in a polite and respectful Japanese society, Nishikori found it difficult when he watched juniors screaming and shouting after every point. "In the second year, when I travelled around Florida more and more I did pine for home," Nishikori admitted. His confidence sometimes took a hit, as his form dropped and he struggled to mix with players from 132 different countries at the Academy.

But Jaramillo's confidence in Nishikori was always strong. "Once, we asked him to play against one of our top juniors, Phillip Bester, at 6 p.m. one night," he said. "We advertised the match across the Academy on every available door, lamp post and notice board. Kei didn't want to play, but turned up and thrashed Phillip. From that moment on he started to believe in himself."

One of the first goals coaches had asked him to attain was to compete at the Roland Garros junior championship, on his favored clay surface. Every morning – at his accommodation on the 200-acre sports Academy – he read his goal on a Post-It note stuck to his bathroom mirror. By May 2006, he was given approval to travel to Paris, where he seized his chance by partnering Argentine Emiliano Massa to the doubles title but made a quarterfinal exit in singles due to a stomach injury.

"While many teenagers [aged 12 to 16] come to the Academy with plenty of talent, many never work hard enough to realise their potential," admits Jaramillo, who has worked with the likes of Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras during his career. "From day one, Kei was never like that. If we asked him to turn up at 7 a.m. for a training session on the court, he would be there at 6:45 a.m. ensuring his racquets were gripped correctly and his shoelaces tied tightly. That way we were hitting balls bang on 7 a.m."

Jaramillo has since assembled a 14-man team involved in Nishikori's career. He said: "Nick Bollettieri is in charge of strokes, Red Ayme for daily practices, Glenn Weiner as his traveling coach, Sybil Ayme, his yoga teacher, Dr. Angus Mugford for mental conditioning, Steve Shembaum for media training, Sally Parsonage is in charge of nutrition, Kevin Murdock for physiotherapy, agents van Lindonk and Ben Crandell, Sato Nakajima liaison with the family, Juan Herrera biomechanics and Yutaka Nakamura physical conditioning."

As a result Nishikori has been given the perfect platform to realize his goals. He has developed into an archetypical Academy player showcasing aggressive baseline play with accurate placement by taking the ball early and coming to the net to finish the point.

"On an average day, Kei often stretches and does weights work, followed by the Bollettieri system or the farm system: on-court work with the most promising juniors – such as Phillip Krajinovic, Jordan Cox, Devin Britton, German Sanchez – in the morning," said Jaramillo. "After lunch he plays sets against the likes of Tommy Haas, Xavier Malisse, Max Mirnyi, Radek Stepanek and other members of the elite group. By the end of the day, he will have spent 3-4 hours on court."

Nishikori made his ATP debut at Los Angeles in July 2007 and advanced to his maiden quarterfinal at Indianapolis (l. to Tursunov) the following week. He finished the year with a 3-5 record and ranked No. 286 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Under the guidance of former ATP pro Weiner, his travelling coach since December 2007, Nishikori cemented his plans for 2008 "when my goal had been to break into the Top 100 and win some Challengers."

Two weeks after losing in the third round of qualification for an ATP Challenger circuit event at Dallas, Texas, in late January, Nishikori freely admitted: "My confidence was shot, but my coaches told me I must go to Delray Beach. It will be a week I will never forget." Jamarillo added, "He was thinking of ways to get out of playing. He wanted to compete at a $10,000 ITF Futures tournament, but we urged him to reconsider as it was very important he competed."

Nishikori arrived at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center with nothing to lose. As a result he played without inhibition, storming through three matches in qualifying, coming back from a set down in three of his five main draw matches – including saving four match points against No. 3 seed Sam Querrey in the semifinals – before beating World No. 12 James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to become the first Japanese player to win a title since Matsuoka in 1992. At 18 years, one month and 19 days old, Nishikori was the youngest player to win an ATP title since Lleyton Hewitt (16 years, 10 months, 18 days) in Adelaide on January 11, 1998.

Upon his return to Bradenton, Jaramillo smiled and told him "You're no longer a Futures player but an ATP player." He had improved 113 places to No. 131 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, his profile had soared and Nishikori had become the centerpiece of Project 45, which refers to Matsuoka's career-high ranking of No. 46 (July 6, 1992).

Indications are that Nishikori will surpass that mark and begin tapping into the substantial marketing possibilities. He has already signed major deals with the Sony Corporation, Wilson and adidas. Van Lindonk, his IMG manager, said: "IMG is attempting to build a platform for Kei and lift the entire game of tennis in Japan. He has aggressive goals [which include reaching the Top 10] and the improvements he has made this season alone are very significant."

In September, Nishikori became the first Japanese player to reach the US Open fourth round since Jiro Yamagishi in 1937, but his season ended early due to a knee injury at the If Stockholm Open in October, when he reached the semifinals (l. to Soderling). "This year has taken its toll on me and in Stockholm my knee started to hurt," explained Nishikori, who amassed a 16-12 match record and rose from No. 289 to No. 64 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings in 2008. "An MRI scan has indicated that the problem is nothing serious, but it does mean my year is over."

Nishikori will move into his first house a couple of blocks from the IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy in December, and will then "start preparations for 2009 – when I hope to stay injury free, break into the Top 50 and compete at my first ATP Masters Series event [named 'Masters 1000' in 2009]."

Matsuoka, who also works as a sports commentator, said: "I have to admit I was taken by surprise when he won in Delray Beach, but I did know he was mentally strong and had a great game. Players in Japan do not physically develop as fast as other players and Kei is no exception. Because his body is not fully fit and developed – he was injured a lot as a junior – I thought maybe he would win his first title aged 20, 21 or 22."

"I can see he is a better player than I ever was, already. So I can't offer him too much advice on breaking into the Top 50. His tennis is there, but if I were him I would not worry too much about his ranking for the next two years. He must concentrate on getting fitter and then his consistency will improve."

Bollettieri added: "His strength has always been his athleticism and footwork. Kei also has great racquet head speed, good anticipation, court sense, natural depth, and has never been afraid to hit the ball. The most important thing for him now is to stay injury free." Should Nishikori enjoy good health, Project 45 will quickly be recalibrated to Project 10.

"The sport in Asia is in better shape than it has been for many years," said Matsuoka. "Last week I showed children a video of Kei when he was younger and trained at one of my camps. There was an immediate buzz. Now they realise that the goal of being a professional player doesn't just have to be dream."

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2010 w liczbach

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Ranking: 98
Turnieje: 0
Finały: 0
Mecze: 3-9
Zarobki: $171,394

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2018: Brisbane, Quito, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Monachium, Roland Garros
2017: Auckland, Waszyngton, Shenzen
2015: Doha, Sydney, Houston, Roland Garros
2013: US Open
2012: Nicea
2011: Los Angeles, WTF Londyn
Wcześniej: Za słaba era, żeby coś wpisywać.

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2018: Halle
2017: Stuttgart
2016: Tokio, Shanghai, Bazylea
2015: Wiedeń, WTF Londyn
2014: Doha
2013: Cincinnati
2012: Monte Carlo, Roland Garros, Sztokholm
2011: Marsylia, Monte Carlo, Wimbledon, US Open
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Rising Son

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It may be just Week 1 of the year, but some of the scores produced in these early days suggest that some players aren't especially interested in working into the flow, or pacing themselves. For them, the future is now. Case in point: Dinara Safina and Yanina Wickmayer, who played a real corker in Auckland yesterday, or tomorrow, or whenever it was (you know how they run the clocks down at the antipodes). But when the headline on a match contains the word "outlasts," you know the game is on.

Safina was not the only recently-injured player to bring her A game, and A motivation, to the first week of the year. The other day, Kei Nishikori of Japan via the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy hog-tied defending champ Marin Cilic in Chennai, 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2. "I’m a little bit disappointed the way I have started the year," Cilic admitted. "I wouldn’t say I played too bad … I didn’t have luck at crucial moments, the key points he played better than me."

Cilic has been one of the big young men lurking in the wings these past few years, while Roger and Rafa have shown no great desire to abandon the stage. Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Robin Soderling—all of them have matured more rapidly than Cilic. Although he hit a career-high No. 9 last February, partly on the strength of his win in Chennai and a semi at the Australian Open, the tall, raw-boned, rangy 22-year old Croatian was a bust at the other majors. He made the fourth round at Roland Garros, but lost his first match at Wimbledon and fell in a brutal, debilitating, suffocating second-round five-setter in intense heat and humidity at the U.S. Open to—Nishikori.

Cilic wilted in the heat in that one, 1-6 in the fifth. It was a big win for the 21-year old Japanese, who had missed most of 2009 with an elbow injury and had spent most of 2010 working his way back into the Top 100. Cilic, for his part, was hoping to retain his place in the elite Top 10 (Nishikori was more successful, as Cilic fell to No. 14 by year's end, while Nishikori once again became a double-digit man at No. 98).

It would be rash to say that Cilic is still heading south and Nishikori going north, but a mediocre showing in Melbourne combined with that first-round loss in Chennai would be a big blow to Cilic. For Nishikori, though, it's all up-side. You can look for him to bubble up swiftly in the rankings, given that he's got absolutely nothing to defend until late February. All in all, it's a tough time to be Cilic and a good time to be Nishkiori. Even better, now that the rising son has thrown in with Brad Gilbert.

At Bollettieri's, Nishikori was a roomate to Brad Gilbert's own kid, Zack. And Brad Gilbert's heavy and ever-increasing presence at the academy as one of Bollettieri's top inside men means that mentor and pupil can skip over the getting acquainted stage of a new coaching relationship. Still, as Gilbert told me this morning, "I need to watch Kei a little more, because it's different when you're the one calling shots or trying to make changes. But to me the most important thing is that Kei is just 21, which means that the mission right now is pretty simple. Get better, because you're young enough to. Work on a few things, take it slow because you have time."

Gilbert is commited to 15 weeks with Nishikori, none of which will be (officially, at any rate) at Grand Slam events, because at the majors Gilbert will have his hands full with the day job as an ESPN commentator. The men will get together in Adelaide in a few days time, and Gilbert will probably do the U.S. winter swing—San Jose, Memphis, Indian Wells, Key Biscayne. By the end of that stretch, Gilbert is likely to know every nook and cranny in Nishikori's game—and Kei will likely to be able to recite the batting average of every third baseman who ever hefted a bat for the Oakland A's.

"Kei has a great foundation," Gilbert said. "He's got outstanding groundstrokes, and good movement. But at his size (5-10, 150 lbs), he won't be able to rely on bombing aces. He'll need to be fitter than fit, ready to go out there and and stay there a long, long time. My gut feeling is that he'll need to get stronger, because that's the way he's going to maximize his game."

As he demonstrated in the win over Cilic in New York, Nishikori has the warrior gene. He's tough, and has perhaps over-emphasized the value of long, intense training sessions—the ball-whacking aspect of development. As his hiatus lengthened in 2009, some observers felt that he enjoyed the respite from competition a little too much. It would be understandable, because Nishikori was under significant pressure soon after he made his first big rankings move, shooting up more than 200 ranking positions in 2008 to finish as the youngest player in the Top 100.

That was big and welcome news, in Japan. Although his work was just beginning, Nishikori was the object of intense interest at home, and he pulled down some hefty sponsorships (with, among others, Nissan and Sony). The obligations that accompany such rewards are significant; combined with the years of full-on training at the Tennis Academy, they may have dulled Nishikori's enthusiasm and appetite. It's a common enough tale, especially in nations where the interest in tennis is keen and top players scarce. The right elbow injury gave Nishikori time—and a reason—to pull back and draw a good, long breath.

"One of the first big things Brad brings to the table for Kei is excitement," Bollettieri told me, describing his own role in the evolving Nishikori saga as that of "the grandfather."

"Brad may have had the ugliest game ever, but he had a lot of pizz-azz. I think he can get Kei to really enjoy what's doing. I think Brad's going to tell him, 'You gotta open up a little bit, be yourself, enjoy and appreciate what you're doing. I also believe Kei can benefit from having shorter practices. He no longer needs to go out there and grind it for five, six hours—not when he's out playing a full schedule on the tour. You can put in less time, especially if you make up for it in intensity."

Gilbert sees Nishikori as a "bulldog." He's already told his protege to watch and model himself on David Ferrer, or Nikolay Davydenko. These are the role models for a player with Nishikori's physique and skill (and power) set. "There are still smaller guys around who are successful," Gilbert said, "Just like there are 5-9 power pitchers in baseball."

After his win over Cilic, Nishikori also suggested that he knows the territory he must stake out. “Not to miss easy balls, not doing crazy stuff...(to play) more percentage tennis,” he told the AP. “In the second set I tried to make most of my first serves...I was making him move.”

It appears that the bulldog has the bone; he just needs to learn to enjoy gnawing on it.

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NISHIKORI HONORS EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

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Hours after the 8.9 earthquake in his home country, Japan’s top ATP player Kei Nishikori stepped on court for his first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open and wore a black ribbon in honor of the victims.

The 21 year old, who trains at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida, heard news of the earthquake Thursday night in Indian Wells and got in contact with family and friends back in Shimane, located on the opposite coast from the earthquake’s epicenter.

“I talked to them this morning and they were fine,” he said. “My town was okay. It wasn't too bad. But around Tokyo and others, it's bad.”

Nishikori lost a closely contested match to Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4, broken in the final game after two hours and 33 minutes of play.

“I was shocked yesterday and today, but I have to concentrate on my game,” he said. “I don't think it affect[ed] me, but maybe inside my heart I was thinking [of it] a little bit. It was okay.”

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Finał w Houston - Kei otworzył tym samym swój dorobek przegranych meczów o tytuł. Był to 2 finał 21-letniego Japończyka, wcześniej z powodzeniem grał w pojedynku o tytuł w Delrey Beach 2008.

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Japan’s Kei Nishikori has confirmed to Tournament Director Nick Freyer that he will be playing the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011, at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, 24 September to 2 October.

The popular star from Japan is by far the best player to come from Asia since Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan and without a doubt he is the best Japanese player since Shuzo Matsuoka.

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“It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to welcome a player from Asia to the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, and especially one who has shown such great maturity and determination,” said Nick Freyer, of organisers IMG. “Kei has incredible talent and it is tremendous for tennis in Asia to be able to see him playing the standard of tennis he has always been capable of.”

“Being the highest ranked player from Asia, he is bound to gain plenty of support and attention when he takes to the court at Putra Stadium. As you’d expect, Kei is very genial and easy-going and the fans in Malaysia will provide him with plenty of their famed warmth and hospitality.”

It was in 2008 that Nishikori made his initial breakthrough when he won the ATP World Tour 250 title at Delray Beach, defeating one of the game’s most experienced competitors, James Blake in the final. That made him the first Japanese player to win a title since Matsuoka in 1992. He ended the year as the youngest player ranked inside the top 100 and was also named the ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year.

In 2009, things took a frustrating turn for the 21 year old from Shimane, Japan, who resides now at the IMG Bolletieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida. A serious injury to his right elbow resulted in surgery, and from the second half of 2009 to the first half of 2010 he was sidelined. His world ranking which had reached 63 at the end of 2008 had ballooned to top out at No. 420. However Nishikori’s talent was too good to stay down and he was able to claw his way back.

He started to work with former world number four player and one of the cleverest brains in the game, Brad Gilbert, who had previously coached Andre Agassi and Andy Murray.

Now fully fit Nishikori has shown again what he is capable of. This year he reached the third round at the Australian Open and Barcelona, the quarters in Chennai, the semis in Delray Beach and Eastbourne and the final in Houston. He reached a career high ranking of 46 and has already proved that he has the ability to play on any surface.

This will be his second time in Kuala Lumpur. Nishikori said: “Last year I lost early because I had not played enough after my injuries, so I am looking forward to coming back to Kuala Lumpur and hope to do better. Everyone was so nice to me before and I really appreciate this. It is always nice to go back to a tournament where you feel welcomed and comfortable.”

In addition, the tournament has confirmed that Astro will once again be the Host Broadcaster of the tournament. Astro will produce and broadcast matches, which will feature Hawkeye electronic line calling technology named “Malaysia Truly Asia Review” live to viewers in Malaysia, whilst from the quarter-finals onwards, the television pictures will be broadcast live throughout the world in Asia, Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.

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Kei Nishikori US Open 2011 Interview - First Round August 29th

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Q. So what was it? Injury?

KEI NISHIKORI: My back.

Q. Lower?

KEI NISHIKORI: Lower back. Yeah, muscle.

Q. Were you feeling it from the start, or did it just sort of come on all of a sudden?

KEI NISHIKORI: It started Saturday, two days ago. I practiced in the morning and start hurting, and I stopped practice and got better yesterday a little bit. Beginning was okay today, but the pain was increasing every point, and, yeah, I had to retire.

Q. Do you think it's travel related or just do you know where it came from?

KEI NISHIKORI: Played six match last week in Winston Salem. Then I got a little bit tired. I think that's from last week.

Q. Second year in a row you've had an injury here. It must be kind of disappointing.

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah. Yeah, I can't excuse. Yeah, it's tough for me, but it's not that bad this injury, so I hope I can get back in one week or two weeks.

Q. That very long match, what did that mean to you last year, the experience you got here, making that run, having that one match? That was a tough match.

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, last year was great, great moment for me. Got a lot of confidence after getting injury after one year rest and beating Cilic. That was really big for me. But it was just unfortunately I got injury. I didn't have much time from last week, so that was, I think, the problem. Yeah, I was very happy to play this year US Open. I always play good on here so it's disappointing, but hopefully come back next year good.

Q. Do you think maybe you should've maybe not played Winston Salem because it was so close? Why did you initially think that was a good tournament?

KEI NISHIKORI: I mean, I wasn't gonna play, but I had injury my shoulder. Before Cincinnati one month I couldn't play the other US Open Series, so that's why I want play some matches before this tournament.

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Kei pomógł swojej reprezentacji wrócić do Grupy Światowej Pucharu Davisa. Japończyk za tydzień weźmie udział w turnieju ATP w Kuala Lumpur.

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Great news….we won today and are back in the world group!!!!! I played the fourth match against Vardhan and won in three straight set. Now one week of practice before I go to Kuala Lumpur.


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Nishikori zagra w listopadzie mecz pokazowy, z którego dochód wspomoże poszkodowanych przez kataklizm, jaki nawiedził Japonię na początku tego roku.

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Hi everyone…excited to announce that we are going to host a charity exhibition on Nov 20th this year to raise money for the victims of the horrible 3/11 event in Japan. Hope to see everyone support this cause.

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Jutro Kei rozpoczyna grę w turnieju Masters-100 w Szanghaju. A dziś poszedł wcześniej spać.

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