Kei Nishikori

Preview and Predictions for ATP Finals

November 11, 2017

The ATP Finals begin Sunday, ostensibly featuring the eight best men players in the world. There are however some illusions with the premise that the best eight are gathering at the O2 Arena in London for the prestigious year-ending tournament. Injuries have riddled the ATP Tour in 2017 like no season in recent memory and […]

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Djokovic Beats Nishikori for Fourth Rogers Cup Crown

July 31, 2016

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated third seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 in Toronto this afternoon to win his fourth Rogers Cup title and his record 30th Masters Series crown. Djokovic also won the Rogers Cup, also known as the Canadian Masters, in 2007 and 2011-12, and improved to 10-2 against Nishikori with his ninth straight win […]

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Djokovic Outlasts Nadal in Rome Masters Quarterfinals

May 13, 2016

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic edged past Rafael Nadal 7-5, 7-6 (4) in a thrilling quarterfinal match at the Rome Masters Friday afternoon — a contest more resembling a final than a quarterfinal clash. Djokovic rallied from a break down in each set and fended off five set points in the second set to defeat […]

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Nadal Beats Nishikori to Win Barcelona Open

April 25, 2016

Look out French Open. Rafael Nadal is back. The top-seeded and fifth-ranked Nadal defeated two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the Barcelona Open Sunday evening, capturing his second clay-court title in back-to-back weeks and very much looking like the favorite at the upcoming French Open. Nadal won at Monte Carlo […]

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Picks and Preview for 2015 U.S. Open

August 30, 2015

It’s the last day of August and the first day of the U.S. Open tomorrow. Questions may reign about the likely winner in the men’s draw, but in reality, in my view, not many. Will there be a surprise victor, such as last year’s champion Marin Cilic? Don’t think so. I see one of the […]

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Raonic Survives Groth Serving to Reach Brisbane International Semifinals

January 9, 2015

World No. 8 Milos Raonic edged Australian Sam Groth in a battle of big servers Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Brisbane International. Raonic prevailed 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 )2) in the quick-point, short-rally, heavy-hitting duel in which he was outserved — a rare feat — by the big Aussie. Groth, ranked No. […]

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Djokovic Still Tops as 2015 Season Begins

December 31, 2014

The calendar flips to a new year tomorrow and the 2015 ATP World Tour kicks off Sunday at Brisbane for another highly competitive season. My thoughts on what has been and what lies ahead. One thing is for sure, Novak Djokovic is the best player on the tour right now and should be again at […]

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Cilic Dominates Nishikori to Win U.S. Open

September 9, 2014

Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated No. 10 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the U.S. Open last night in a battle of two first-time Grand Slam finalists. Cilic, the 14th seed, became just the third player outside the ‘Big Four’ to win in the last 39 majors, joining Juan Martin […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon

June 22, 2014

Early round upsets aren’t all that unusual at Wimbledon, which opens its two-week run tomorrow. Last year, Rafael Nadal, fresh off his eighth French Open title, was bounced in the opening round by unheralded Steve Darcis of Belgium. Roger Federer fell several days later in a second-round upset at the hands of Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. […]

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Nishikori Defeats Karlovic to Repeat at Memphis

February 16, 2014

Defending champion and top seed Kei Nishikori defeated big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the final of the U.S. National Indoor Championships Sunday afternoon in Memphis. It was Nishikori’s fourth career title in six final appearances and first under the tutelage of former American standout Michael Chang, who won the 1989 French Open. […]

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