The young Japanese player has been reaching new heights of a top 70 ranking in 2012. He played mainly on the Challenger Tour (winning two titles). But the few matches he has played on ATP tour he has done well, including winning his first ever Grand Slam match at Australian Open and beating players such as Stepanek and Starace. I think it is time he deserves a tiny thread.
He seems to be a hard worker, and a respectful guy on court. His playing style mostly relies on his good movement.