Bermuda Final: Kei Nishikori d. Viktor Troicki 2-6 7-5 7-6 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Bermuda Final: Kei Nishikori d. Viktor Troicki 2-6 7-5 7-6

Nathaliia
04-27-2008, 11:36 PM
And so the bandwagon goes.

Seriously, great fighting spirit from the kid all week long :worship:.

star
04-27-2008, 11:38 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

It's good for Kei to win this kind of tournament and build his skills in fighting and winning matches.

I hope he's also improving his serve. :)

Jelena_78
04-27-2008, 11:41 PM
Congrats to Kei

:awww: So close Vik, so close :hug:

Great tournament anyway. Keep going!

GlennMirnyi
04-27-2008, 11:44 PM
Bandwagon for winning a challenger? :lol:

Nathaliia
04-27-2008, 11:46 PM
Bandwagon for winning a challenger? :lol:
Bermuda is considered one of the very best challengers in the world; it didn't have worse line-up than Delray Beach that Nishikori won, but on the other hand only Amersfoort and Newport can have a worse line-up.

TankingTheSet
04-27-2008, 11:55 PM
The field was pretty strong, remember this was green clay which maybe suits him better than slow red clay.

I think he will make the top-100 tomorrow! :worship:

GlennMirnyi
04-27-2008, 11:56 PM
Bermuda is considered one of the very best challengers in the world; it didn't have worse line-up than Delray Beach that Nishikori won, but on the other hand only Amersfoort and Newport can have a worse line-up.

A challenger is a challenger.

jonny84
04-27-2008, 11:57 PM
Good win for Kei. Definitley Top20 material I think at the least. Should climb up the rankings and make it there by this time next year!

star
04-28-2008, 12:00 AM
I think it's important for him to keep winning and qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros. Also I'd like to see him qualify for the main draw in Masters Series tournaments. I don't expect him to do a lot of winning at that level. He's still developing as a player. I think he's a little small to make it all the way to being a top ten player, but I'd like him to have a good career.

GlennMirnyi
04-28-2008, 12:00 AM
Nishikori top 20 material? :haha: :haha: :haha:

savesthedizzle
04-28-2008, 12:01 AM
:sad:

Congrats Nishikori. I knew it was trouble that Viktor lost the second set. *sigh*

And now Viktor has a dismal draw in Barcelona. :awww:

TankingTheSet
04-28-2008, 12:05 AM
The guy is 18 years and 4 months old! Give him a break.

Winning a challenger like this at that age is a big achievement, even if you forget about his Delray win which maybe was a little bit fluky. A few more results and he will get deep into the top-100.

By the way, the cut at Roland Garros was made a few weeks ago, it's unlikely he will make the main draw directly, he will have to qualify.

Corey Feldman
04-28-2008, 12:26 AM
There went my tt doubles challenger title

Alonsofz
04-28-2008, 12:30 AM
Vamoooooos Kei :D

star
04-28-2008, 12:37 AM
The guy is 18 years and 4 months old! Give him a break.

Winning a challenger like this at that age is a big achievement, even if you forget about his Delray win which maybe was a little bit fluky. A few more results and he will get deep into the top-100.

By the way, the cut at Roland Garros was made a few weeks ago, it's unlikely he will make the main draw directly, he will have to qualify.

I didn't know that. Thanks.

The Freak
04-28-2008, 12:56 AM
Great stuff Kei :worship:

Pea
04-28-2008, 02:28 AM
What a fight, Kei!

chewy
04-28-2008, 04:02 AM
Wohooo!! Congrats Kei.

The suspense was killing me while i sneak a peak at the progress before living for work this morning, it was tied at 5-5 final set.
Honestly didn't expect him to take the tie-breaker against Troicki.
Great stuff Kei :)

*bunny*
04-28-2008, 12:28 PM
Congrats! Kei! :yippee:

Three top 100 scalps (top seed Dudi Sela, Marcos Daniel and Ernests Gulbis) and Kei himself has broken into top 100 at #99! :yeah:

R1 Marcos Daniel 2-6 6-4 6-1
R2 Dudi Sela 6-3 6-3
QF Ernests Gulbis 6-2 2-6 6-2
SF Peter Lukzak 6-2 6-4
F Viktor Troicki 2-6 7-5 7-6(5)

Apparently, Kei was 1-3 down in the final set TB in the final.
What a fighter the kid is! :D
Now he can directly enter into Wimbledon! :)

Okonsky
04-28-2008, 01:36 PM
Victor had a chance:( but nothing Kei was too good.

JustmeUK
04-28-2008, 05:29 PM
at 18 if he can consistently win challengers then it's a question of when he breaks into the top of the game. the competition is ferocious and even top 50 players that sign up aren't guaranteed to win them.

Jimnik
04-28-2008, 05:34 PM
Victory :bigclap:

Into the top 100 and he's already Asia's #2. Hopefully he can become more consistent. At the moment, it seems to be the occasional good week followed by several poor weeks.

Nathaliia
04-28-2008, 05:40 PM
It's the first challenger he's won, but I doubt he'll stay on challenger level, I think he'll play the ATP stuff, maybe he'll play Surbiton on grass :shrug:.

*bunny*
04-28-2008, 06:48 PM
It's the first challenger he's won, but I doubt he'll stay on challenger level, I think he'll play the ATP stuff, maybe he'll play Surbiton on grass :shrug:.
He's on the entry lists of two clay challengers in US in May, Tunica Resorts (from May 5) and Bradenton (from May 12). I imagine he will play RG qualifying after that. :)

RogiFan88
04-28-2008, 06:49 PM
love it! ;)

Bilbo
04-28-2008, 06:51 PM
Kei :yeah:

Troicki might arrive dead in Barcelona to face Almagro :lol:

jeahhh!
04-28-2008, 07:33 PM
Pants :sad:

Bilbo
04-28-2008, 08:22 PM
Pants :sad:

:hug: :hug:

Nathaliia
04-28-2008, 08:25 PM
He's on the entry lists of two clay challengers in US in May, Telde Resorts (from May 5) and Bradenton (from May 12). I imagine he will play RG qualifying after that. :)
Thanks for the info. I don't think it's too smart to fly from Bermuda to Telde (Spain) for indoors clay ( :lol: ) then to fly to Florida and then to Paris. But if he likes planes, then why not.

*bunny*
04-29-2008, 07:49 AM
Thanks for the info. I don't think it's too smart to fly from Bermuda to Telde (Spain) for indoors clay ( :lol: ) then to fly to Florida and then to Paris. But if he likes planes, then why not.
Sorry, my mistake! It's Tunica Resorts, MA, he's playing. :o
I have corrected my previous post.

Looks like the final was a real cliffhunger (too many adjectives though! lol):
http://www.royalgazette.com/siftology.royalgazette/Article/article.jsp?articleId=7d84e3330030020&sectionId=70

Japanese teen wins thriller
By Josh Ball

Kei Nishikori saved two championship points and then won a dramatic tie-breaker to win the XL Bermuda Open last night.

The Japanese youngster claimed his first win on the Challenger Tour, beating Serbian Viktor Troicki 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 at the Coral Beach Club.

There are not enough words in the English language to do this singles final justice, but here are a few: amazing, awesome, intense, dramatic, sensational, incredible and breathtaking.

That it was the best final the tournament has seen in its 15-year history is without question, and at the end of an epic three sets the crowd, the players and all the officials were emotionally drained.

"I'm too tired to talk," said Nishikori. "I can't believe that I have won. I am so tired mentally, and at 15-40 down in the third set I had imagined that I was going to lose."

He wasn't the only one, for much of yesterday's final Nishikori only ever looked like being one game from defeat, and yet he held on, sometimes by his fingernails.

And if victory was tough on Nishikori, defeat was twice as hard on Troicki. The Serbian had dominated for much of the match, and even going into the third set, seemed destined to win.

Where Nishikori was too tired to talk, Troicki was unable to find the words to describe his devastation at losing in such a way. So spent were both players, they appeared on the verge of tears, though for wildly differing reasons.

Troicki took the first set after breaking Nishikori in the fourth game, with the Serbian getting into his stride much more quickly than his opponent.

Nishikori struggled, trying to hit winners too early, and succeeding in only finding the net. At that stage there seemed to be only one winner, and common consensus was that it was all going to end quite quickly.

The second set appeared to be going the same way as the first, except that Nishikori battled harder, managed to cling on, and actually broke Troicki to go level at 2-2. He then had a lucky bounce at the net to save the sixth game and was scrambling to stay in the game.

His ability to return the ball from almost anywhere on the court, however, began to frustrate his opponent, and at times it looked like Troicki was reaching the end of his tether, unable to figure out how to put the match beyond Nishikori's reach.

The 18-year-old's persistence finally paid off at the end of the second set when Troicki let his concentration slip for a second, only to suddenly find himself 6-5 down. It was as much as a surprise to the crowd as it was to Troicki who seemed more than a little frustrated at finding himself in such a position.

And so to a third set that was even more dramatic than the previous two. For the first time in the match Nishikori pulled ahead, only for Troicki to recover from the intial shock of finding himself in such a poisiton to level at 3-3.

The players traded games until they stood at 6-5, and then Troicki took three quick points and was suddenly on the verge of winning again. But Nishikori, as he had done all afternoon, recovered to win the vital points.

In the tie-break Troicki again went ahead, and again he was pegged back until Nishikori made one more seemingly impossible return from the baseline to move 4-3 ahead, he hit another to get within touching distance of an improbable win, and when Troicki drove a forehand return into the net, it was all over.

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