And this from Tennis Week:
Kei Cracks Top 100 With Bermuda Win By Tennis Week
Monday, April 28, 2008
Kei Nishikori fought off two match points to win the ATP Challenger in Bermuda yesterday and crack double digits today.
The 18-year-old from Shimane, Japan became the youngest player in the ATP's top 100 by virtue of his 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over Viktor Troicki in the Bermuda final.
It has been a season of firsts for the 99th-ranked Nishikori who became the first Japanese man to reach the top 100 since Shuzo Matsuoka in August, 1996.
Nishikori's Bermuda title comes more than two months after he captured his first career ATP title with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over James Blake in the Delray Beach final. Nishikori not only won his first singles title in the first ATP tournament of the season, but became the youngest player at 18 years, 1 month and 19 days old to win an ATP title since Lleyton Hewitt in 1998; and the first Japanese player to win an ATP title since Shuzo Matsuoka won in Seoul in 1992.
Nishikori opened the Bermuda event beating three straight top-100 ranked opponents — 77th-ranked Daniel Marcos, 58th-ranked Dudi Sela and 88th-ranked Ernests Gulbis — before defeating 101st-ranked Peter Luczak, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals.
Nishikori, who turned pro last October 1, posted impressive wins as a junior and won the boys doubles title at the 2006 French Open. Playing highlights for 2007 include winning the Luxilon Cup held at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open and being the youngest player since 1985 to reach the quarterfinals of the Indianapolis Championships in July.
He signed an endorsement deal with Wilson last December.