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'ROCK STAR' NISHIKORI FEATURES IN CNN'S HUMAN TO HERO CAMPAIGN
by ATP Staff | 31.07.2013
Kei Nishikori is the first tennis player to be featured in CNN’s “Human to Hero” campaign (play video above), which showcases the discipline, dedication and determination it takes to be a sporting star.
Nishikori, described by CNN as “Japan’s ‘rock star’ tennis pro”, talks about his dream of winning a Grand Slam, his hopes of inspiring the next generation of players and the pressure he feels.
“It’s still weird for me to think I’m the No. 1 player in Asia,” says the 23 year old. “I go back to Japan three or four times a year. People realise it on the street. It’s not easy because you don’t get to relax, but at the same time, l try to enjoy.”
Nishikori is currently ranked a career-high No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is looking to become the first Asian to rank inside the Top 10 since Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan in 2004.
2013 Rogers Cup Montréal
by ATP Staff | 05.08.2013
Japan's Kei Nishikori is looking to break into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, and spoke of the opportunity offered the next two weeks by the Coupe Rogers and Western & Southern Open.
"These two Masters [1000s are] really important for us, especially for me," he said. "I like hard court. I didn't get much points last year, so hopefully I can do well here."
On Monday night in his Montreal main draw debut, the ninth-seeded Nishikori survived a scare as he rallied from down a set and a break to overcome Canadian qualifier Peter Polansky 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours.
The World No. 11 lost serve five times, while breaking his opponent seven times. Nishikori hit a double fault on set point and also lost his next service game to fall behind 0-2 in the second, but launched his comeback in the next game.
"I played a few sloppy points on my serve, lost that game," said the 256th-ranked Polansky. "I think the toughest game was the next game, had 15/40 on his serve to get that break back. Ended up losing those points as well."
Nishikori goes on to face World No. 23 Andreas Seppi, who claimed his 25th win of the season as he edged Lukas Rosol 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) in just over two hours.