well i saw kei in LA.. i actually ballkidded for him during the qualies. at the time, i didnt really pay attention to him actually, i was basically staring at the ball the whole time -____- but from what i remember, he likes to grind it out at the baseline and from what ive seen, he hits amazing passing shots when his opponents do get to net. compared to some of his opponents, he lacks power but he plays smartly. i think during his match with moodie in the LA MD, it was super mental. he started off strong, he actually had an early break, up 2-0 but then lost like.. a couple straight points after that -___- i didnt watch the whole match but i watched the end, he got insanely fustrated and even threw his racket once. that actually surprised me, wasnt expecting that from him.
hey thanks xpress0h for sharing what u know abt kei.
i hope he can develop his baseline game to an all court game, volleys and net points are very entertaining. Most of the Asian players on my sigy can play that style of game.
He's around 17yr, probably still developing physically and mentally. So i don't think power will pose too much problem. But his mentality will have to come with experience and if he can figure things out. Even great players like Federer wasn't born with the mental strength he has today!...this reminds me of Xavier Malisse, who i think his game developed alot faster than his mentality.
Did you by any chance saw Kei's serving speed, 1st or 2nd serves? I'm just wondering...although his match with Moodie probably wasn't play on a court with lots of facilities.