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USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

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Impressive stuff from Kei. FH produced some stunning winners. Got a bit tight or tired and hit some impatient shots to lose the third set but got it together in the fourth set and served it out despite cramps.
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Nishikori def. Monaco 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Some nice play for Nishikori in the first two sets, was rather erratic in the last two sets, and had some back problems in the fourth.

Monaco pretty bad from his backhand side.

Still, a win is a win, and this is a great step forward for Nishikori, hopefuly his back issues are nothing more that tightness.

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Re: Nishikori def. Monaco 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Expected.

Monaco sucked so bad in New Haven, I would expect a guy like Kei who likes playing on hard courts to beat him.

I saw a shot of Key lying on the ground getting his back worked on, looked like he was in pain...then lose another game after that.

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Re: Nishikori def. Monaco 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Monaco in horrendous form for obvious reasons.
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Re: Nishikori def. Monaco 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

He should make it to the 3rd round.

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Re: Nishikori def. Monaco 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Nishikori's first win in Grand Slam. I've seen him for the first time "live". Good baseliner.

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Re: Nishikori def. Monaco 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Good baseliner but he also had some wonderful plays at net in the first two sets, rather got away from that in the third and fourth.

I really like his game, but he has to get fitter - cramping in the first round after 2 hrs 30 - not a good sign.
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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

Hell yeah.
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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

i got really confused at one point when they swapped shirts.

can someone explained what was going on in the second set or was it third? Juan thought he had ad and hit a winner to win the game. Then umpire said Juan's penultimate shot was long and so they were at deuce when he hit the winner. how did they resolve it? I was away for a minute.

Kei is a good baseliner but he's also very intelligent. He mixes things up quiet well.
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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

Well done Kei, he was down physically after the 3rd set but went all out and won the 4th. Monaco would rather forget this year, a total disaster after his ankle injury early in Vina.

It is time to change the joke rule on medical time outs, Kei's timeout for cramping in the 4th set whould have cost him a game.

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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

Well done, Kei!
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Kei retired injured in Wimbledon, Pico had a back injury and didn't play Wimbers, he also suffered from pneumonia in July, losing a lot of weight. They both came back in the Olympics and lost in the first round.
Pico was clearly not back to form and making many uncharacteristic UEs although he fought back hard to take the tipsy turvy third set.
When Kei was serving at *3-2 40-0, he suddenly limped to the chair and called a trainer. He probably had cramps on both thighs and lower back. It took long for the trainer to come to Court 10, so maybe it helped Kei to recover quickly in addition to the on-court treatment he had.

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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

bizarre situation in the first game of the third set. Monaco was serving at deuce, hit a good serve and put the short ball way easily. It was nowhere near the tramline or baseline yet the score went to ad Nishikori without Monaco realising (I didn't hear an out call either and if it was it was the worst call of all time). He then won the next point and changed sides thinking he'd won the game but was told by the umpire that the score was deuce. Moanco argued about it for about 5 minutes before eventually giving up and returning to serve at deuce. Then Nishikori suddenly decided to concede the previous deuce point and therefore the game to Monaco.

And I'm pretty sure it was Norm Chryst in the chair you won't be surprised to hear.
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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

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i got really confused at one point when they swapped shirts.

can someone explained what was going on in the second set or was it third? Juan thought he had ad and hit a winner to win the game. Then umpire said Juan's penultimate shot was long and so they were at deuce when he hit the winner. how did they resolve it? I was away for a minute.
What happend was that it was deuce on Monaco's serve and he took two successive points to win the game. The commentaters on TV were guessing that the umpire got confused and thought the first of those two points went to Kei and it was deuce when in reality it was game won for Monaco. The ump conceded in the end I think. But that argument fired up Monaco and disrupted Kei's rhythm.

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Kei is a good baseliner but he's also very intelligent. He mixes things up quiet well.
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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

Umpires never admit their fuck-ups. Pretty sure it was Nishikori that conceded.
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Re: USO R1: Kei Nishikori def Juan Monaco 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-2

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bizarre situation in the first game of the third set. Monaco was serving at deuce, hit a good serve and put the short ball way easily. It was nowhere near the tramline or baseline yet the score went to ad Nishikori without Monaco realising (I didn't hear an out call either and if it was it was the worst call of all time). He then won the next point and changed sides thinking he'd won the game but was told by the umpire that the score was deuce. Moanco argued about it for about 5 minutes before eventually giving up and returning to serve at deuce. Then Nishikori suddenly decided to concede the previous deuce point and therefore the game to Monaco.

And I'm pretty sure it was Norm Chryst in the chair you won't be surprised to hear.
Aha I see it now.
And the ump was someone by a surname called Littleman. Never seen him before.

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