Amateur overjoyed to advance
By Mark Ambrogi
If you're stunned to see Kei Nishikori's name in the Indianapolis Tennis Championships quarterfinals, you're not alone.
So is Nishikori.
"I can't believe it," said the 17-year-old from Japan.
Nishikori, who has trained at Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for four years, is ranked No. 373 on the ATP Tour.
He qualified for his first ATP Tour tournament in Los Angeles last week, losing in the first round.
Nishikori, who has not yet turned pro, won two matches to qualify. He then won his first tour match, beating fellow qualifier Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-3. Thursday, he defeated Michael Berrer 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round. Berrer is ranked No. 83.
"Even last week, I was happy and I was playing well," Nishikori said. "I came here and I'm just playing good. It's unbelievable."
Nishikori will play third-seeded Dmitry Tursunov today