Japan lead 2-0 against China
OSAKA: Tennis ace Kei Nishikori beat Zhang Ze to give Japan a 2-0 lead over China in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania zone Group One second-round tie on Friday.
The 19-year-old Nishikori, who caused a sensation by winning his first ATP title a year ago, struggled with the strong serve of 18-year-old Zhang, who hit a total of 13 aces. But Nishikori pulled off a late break in each set to score a solid 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory in the second singles match.
Earlier, Go Soeda put Japan one up by beating Zeng Shaoxuan 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in the best-of-five contest.
On Saturday, Takao Suzuki and Satoshi Iwabuchi will take on Zeng and Zhang in the doubles match before Sunday’s reverse singles. The winners of the tie will meet either Uzbekistan or South Korea in the third round May 8-10. afp
In the post-match interview Kei said he's happy he could win in a tense atmosphere of a live rubber, compared to his first DC victory in a dead rubbber last year in India.
His arm is not 100% yet and sometimes he can't hit the way he wanted. He also thinks the other pros on tour have studied the way he plays and what his weaknesses are, so the challenges he's facing is getting tougher and tougher. But he wants to do well in the two big tournaments in US (IW and Miami) so that his ranking can go up again.
In a recent interview on a Japanese newspaper he said he really loves tennis now more than ever that he can't think of living without it.
Good luck to him if he's playing tomorrow!