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Queens R3: Nadal def Nishikori 6-4 3-6 6-3

HeretiC
06-12-2008, 06:03 PM
I am impressed with Kei. Great fight by both of them. Best match so far IMO.

FiBeR
06-12-2008, 06:03 PM
:) Interesting match, first test for nadal on grass and progressed!

congratulations you clay legend :clap2:

arm
06-12-2008, 06:06 PM
Well done Kei. :yeah:

finishingmove
06-12-2008, 06:06 PM
almost

osalsyst
06-12-2008, 06:07 PM
Great performance from Kei! Screw the Delray win, he made his statement today. Nice match from Nadal too. I'm pulling for Ivo tomorrow though!

RogandyFan
06-12-2008, 06:07 PM
yeah great match. 97 mph winners from a guy who has not fully developed physically. hopefully Kei can keep up good performance.

screaminhead
06-12-2008, 06:07 PM
I was thinking, if Nadal won by 2 sets, to ask you guys if Nadal had a tough time with Kei since I was just watching the live scores but I think I got my answer seeing that it took him 3 sets to take it. And each set with only one service break.

How did Nadal play, though?

Clydey
06-12-2008, 06:08 PM
Nishikori look to have a bright future. Very talented. he's a potential trend setter, too. I can see his jumping lasoo forehand catching on. He's got a bit of flair about him and responds well to pressure, it seems.

Clydey
06-12-2008, 06:08 PM
I was thinking, if Nadal won by 2 sets, to ask you guys if Nadal had a tough time with Kei since I was just watching the live scores but I think I got my answer seeing that it took him 3 sets to take it. And each set with only one service break.

How did Nadal play, though?

Played pretty well. Picked up his game in the third set. Can't take anything away from Kei, though. He played a blinder of a 2nd set and deserved to level the match.

mikkemus23
06-12-2008, 06:08 PM
unlucky :)

The Pro
06-12-2008, 06:09 PM
Both played well, I thought Kei served very well. He gave Rafa a real fight in the second set. Both were hitting some cracking forehands. The crowd seemed quite into it too.

martine2
06-12-2008, 06:09 PM
Expected result but :worship: to Kei!! Hope he can keep this form up!

Allez
06-12-2008, 06:10 PM
Enjoyed the match. Nadal played well, but Nishikori really impressed. Here's hoping we see more of him in the future.

anon57
06-12-2008, 06:10 PM
Good match:yeah:, good fight by Nishikori played quite a number of nice points.

RogiRafaFan86
06-12-2008, 06:11 PM
It was a good match. I liked Nishikori before, and I like him even more now. A 3rd set was a bit more than he could handle, I think, but he played very well in those first two sets. Rafa never really played badly, although after he slid into the net and got broken in the 2nd set - he looked as though he'd rather be frolicking on the beach in Mallorca with his girlfriend. Rafa picked it up a bit in the 3rd set and only lost like 4 points on his serve (one of those being a double fault, so only 3 that he actually played). Good job from him.

Now Rafa can continue his tradition of losing in the QF's. It's worked so well the past 2 years, why the hell stop now? Vamos Rafa! :lol:

thegreendestiny
06-12-2008, 06:11 PM
i hope this match expedite kei's pro learning curve. :worship:

can't wait for wimbledon. :wavey:

DDrago2
06-12-2008, 06:11 PM
Nishikori look to have a bright future. Very talented. he's a potential trend setter, too. I can see his jumping lasoo forehand catching on. He's got a bit of flair about him and responds well to pressure, it seems.

samurai school, that's what it is

Clay Death
06-12-2008, 06:11 PM
I am impressed with Kei. Great fight by both of them. Best match so far IMO.


Heretic fast on the draw as usual. Clay Monster didnt really need 3 sets but its done. hopefully he gets more efficient on grass as the time goes by.

Nalby got his match done in 53 minutes while the High Priest of Death slaved away for over 2 hours.

krystlel
06-12-2008, 06:11 PM
Nishikori played really well and I like his forehand. He looks like he has a lot of game.

Bernard Black
06-12-2008, 06:13 PM
Very entertaining match.

Nadal just did enough to deserve the win, but it's blatently obvious his weakness to big hitters is still there.

Nishikori is a great prospect for the future, those jumping forehands were exciting to watch. I fear his height will prevent him from ever being a grand slam winner though, unless he can grow 2-3 inches in the next couple of years.

screaminhead
06-12-2008, 06:16 PM
Everyone's impressed with Nishikori. I'm more than relieved now that Rafa's through.

Clay Death
06-12-2008, 06:16 PM
Very entertaining match.

Nadal just did enough to deserve the win, but it's blatently obvious his weakness to big hitters is still there.

Nishikori is a great prospect for the future, those jumping forehands were exciting to watch. I fear his height will prevent him from ever being a grand slam winner though, unless he can grow 2-3 inches in the next couple of years.

he is about 5 foot 10. that is about as good as it gets for him. that is probably slightly above average height for Asians.

Clara Bow
06-12-2008, 06:17 PM
Nishikori is a great prospect for the future, those jumping forehands were exciting to watch. I fear his height will prevent him from ever being a grand slam winner though, unless he can grow 2-3 inches in the next couple of years.

It will be interesting to see how he can do because he has a different game style than the usual smaller fellas who have been successful (Chang, Hewitt, etc.) Kei really impressed me again (also impressed me at Delray Beach). Does he have wc or qualie wc or direct entry into Wimbles?

Nadal raised his game in the third, and I am glad he had this tussle.

Entertaining stuff with some good points by both fellows.

I have to say that I find Kei to have an adorable :baby: face. Of all the young fellows on the tour- he looks the youngest by far.

HoistDaColors
06-12-2008, 06:18 PM
very entertaining.

i am waiting impatiently for the "nishikori in full bloom".

thegreendestiny
06-12-2008, 06:19 PM
I have to say that I find Kei to have an adorable :baby: face. Of all the young fellows on the tour- he looks the youngest by far.

well, he's only 18.:)

groundstroke
06-12-2008, 06:20 PM
Nadal losing a set to an 18 year old Asian?
Oh dear me.

scoobs
06-12-2008, 06:20 PM
Lovely match, highly entertaining.

Love Nishikori - I like the cut of his jib.

Will be great to see him on the regular tour more this year and from then on.

He made a lot of friends today - they saw this quiet, unassuming little guy come onto court expecting him to get a drubbing and ended up giving him a huge ovation as he left the court.

*bunny*
06-12-2008, 06:22 PM
A great match. Well done to both guys! :yippee:
There was no doubt Rafa would take the match in the end, but Kei did a great job making the match close and exciting. Hard to believe he had never played a competitive match on grass until Davis Cup this April. His jumping FH is impressive and he also hit some sick drop shots. Rafa was unlucky when he slipped and touched the net to go down 15-30 in the eighth game of the second set, but Kei kept his composure to break him and serve out the set. Obviously, Rafa lifted his game in the third set and his greater movement (Kei isn't far behind though) and experience were too much for Kei to handle in the end.

I'm also relieved both of them didn't get injured when they slipped!

Good luck to Rafa vs Dr Ivo! I believe he can win! :yeah:
Good luck to Kei in his debut at Wimbledon! :D

DhammaTiger
06-12-2008, 06:22 PM
Good try Kei. Vamos Rafa!

*bunny*
06-12-2008, 06:24 PM
It will be interesting to see how he can do because he has a different game style than the usual smaller fellas who have been successful (Chang, Hewitt, etc.) Kei really impressed me again (also impressed me at Delray Beach). Does he have wc or qualie wc or direct entry into Wimbles?
Kei has direct entry into Wimbledon. He was ranked #99 when the entry list was released. :)

HeretiC
06-12-2008, 06:28 PM
A great match. Well done to both guys! :comeon:
There was no doubt Rafa would take the match in the end, but Kei did a great job making the match close and exciting. Hard to believe he hadn't played a competitive match on grass until Davis Cup this April. His jumping FH is impressive and he also hit some sick drop shots. Rafa was unlucky when he slipped and touched the net to go down 15-30 in the eighth game of the second set, but Kei kept his composure to break him and serve out the set. Obviously, Rafa lifted his game in the third set and his greater movement (Kei isn't far behind though) and experience were too much for Kei to handle in the end.

Good luck to Rafa vs Dr Ivo! I believe he can win! :yeah:
Good luck to Kei in his debut at Wimbledon! :D

That one totally disrupted his concentration and he lost 2 easy points with UE's after that. It could have been in straights if wasn't that slip. But to be honest "Flying Forehand" Nishikori deserved a set.

Clara Bow
06-12-2008, 06:44 PM
well, he's only 18.:)

But still baby faced- I think his face looks like a 15 year old. He is adorable.
Nadal losing a set to an 18 year old Asian?
Oh dear me.

Did you see the match at all? Kei played very well. I don't know why a loss of a set to an up and comer who played very well and won a lot of fans in the crowd should be a point of derision, but I guess different strokes for different folks.

Bernard Black
06-12-2008, 06:54 PM
Did you see the match at all? Kei played very well. I don't know why a loss of a set to an up and comer who played very well and won a lot of fans in the crowd should be a point of derision, but I guess different strokes for different folks.

Definitely, I would have been hacked off if Nishikori didn't take a set. Now hopefully he can take some good confidence forward to Wimbledon, he could definitely win a few rounds with a good draw. Only thing that would worry me about him is his conditioning though, can he hit the ball that hard over a best of 5 match? I doubt it.

lurker
06-12-2008, 06:59 PM
Yay for Kei! This is a really good showing for the rookie. I was really nervous for Rafa though, because I'm sure you all saw what Kei did to James Blake at Del Ray. Totally took him by surprise!

star
06-12-2008, 07:08 PM
That one totally disrupted his concentration and he lost 2 easy points with UE's after that. It could have been in straights if wasn't that slip. But to be honest "Flying Forehand" Nishikori deserved a set.

He does love that shot, doesn't he?

He loves it a bit too much for my taste, but he looks cool when he does it. I haven't seen his serve for a few months, so I'm wondering how he served. His second serve was very weak back in March.

Merton
06-12-2008, 07:10 PM
Excellent fight from Nishikori in the first 2 sets, but he was never winning the match. Good match to watch, I think Nadal has already made his flight reservation for Mallorca tomorrow.

Merton
06-12-2008, 07:11 PM
He does love that shot, doesn't he?

He loves it a bit too much for my taste, but he looks cool when he does it. I haven't seen his serve for a few months, so I'm wondering how he served. His second serve was very weak back in March.

It still is but he can hide it better on grass.

Tnn74
06-12-2008, 07:32 PM
Wow! Great Job Kei! :yeah:
he really gave Rafa a stern test didn't he... :)
Great win for Rafito though :hug:

The_Beast
06-12-2008, 07:34 PM
There is really smth. special in this Nishikori,hope breaks top 50 till the end of the year.:)

StevoTG
06-12-2008, 07:57 PM
Good match for both players :)
Good effort from Kei
Good win for Rafa

rocketassist
06-12-2008, 07:59 PM
Good effort by Kei and he showed he's got game. I hope he gets a nice draw at the big W.

dodoboy
06-12-2008, 08:27 PM
It's been a while since Rafa lost a set :scratch:

Good match!

jasmin
06-12-2008, 08:39 PM
What does Kei being Asian have to do with anything?

l_mac
06-12-2008, 08:41 PM
Enjoy your weekend back in Mallorca, Rafa :hug:

ivanban
06-12-2008, 08:54 PM
OK, I pissed my pants when at the end of 2nd set Rafa first fell on his ass; then Nishi played at the end of that LONG point casual drop to embarrass even more Rafa; and then in the very next point Rafa again was scrambling all over the court, Nishi played drop shot, Rafa on the full run slipped and went under the net with half of his body :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: Funniest thing EVER :rolls:

ChinoRios4Ever
06-12-2008, 09:02 PM
damn it, i didnt watch this cause FOX Sports LA only cares about argentine football :mad:

good fight from Kei it seems :yeah:

sphiie
06-12-2008, 09:06 PM
OK, I pissed my pants when at the end of 2nd set Rafa first fell on his ass; then Nishi played at the end of that LONG point casual drop to embarrass even more Rafa; and then in the very next point Rafa again was scrambling all over the court, Nishi played drop shot, Rafa on the full run slipped and went under the net with half of his body :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: Funniest thing EVER :rolls:

Did you have this point please?? Any video, I want to see it!!

Manon
06-12-2008, 09:09 PM
Lovely match, highly entertaining.

Love Nishikori - I like the cut of his jib.

Will be great to see him on the regular tour more this year and from then on.

He made a lot of friends today - they saw this quiet, unassuming little guy come onto court expecting him to get a drubbing and ended up giving him a huge ovation as he left the court.

Agreed. Nadal's win never in doubt but Kei was impressive today.

cmurray
06-12-2008, 09:15 PM
Enjoy your weekend back in Mallorca, Rafa :hug:

meh - at least he'll defend his points from last year. :shrug: Dr. Ivo's serve is gonna slaughter Raf.

peterparker
06-12-2008, 09:31 PM
He does love that shot, doesn't he?

He loves it a bit too much for my taste, but he looks cool when he does it. I haven't seen his serve for a few months, so I'm wondering how he served. His second serve was very weak back in March.

He hit some big first serves today, seemed to be serving much bigger than in the blake match that he won. I would say this was in response to playing nadal and not his typical first serve. The real surprise was how he moved nadal around from the back court, very impressive-looks to be a real talent.

Nadal needs a new outfit! :)

Parker

star
06-12-2008, 09:35 PM
He hit some big first serves today, seemed to be serving much bigger than in the blake match that he won. I would say this was in response to playing nadal and not his typical first serve. The real surprise was how he moved nadal around from the back court, very impressive-looks to be a real talent.

Nadal needs a new outfit! :)

Parker

He's fun to watch and he's a fighter. He needs the serve to make it to the top echelon though.

peterparker
06-12-2008, 09:53 PM
He's fun to watch and he's a fighter. He needs the serve to make it to the top echelon though.


totally right: fun to watch, a fighter, tons of composure and that second serve definitely has to go.

If only d. young had this guy's composure......might getit yet.


Parker

Hugh Jaas
06-12-2008, 10:12 PM
RAFA WON THIS game no? that is vllay hapi no?

RagingLamb
06-12-2008, 10:24 PM
Well done Nishikori.

Nadal losing a set to an 18 year old Asian?
Oh dear me.

What's wrong with that?

Spes
06-12-2008, 10:30 PM
Good fight Kei. I'm not really a big fan of his game but I wish he would have beaten Rafa today.

ivanban
06-12-2008, 10:45 PM
Did you have this point please?? Any video, I want to see it!!

Only this pic :sad:

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080612/capt.fd55931b47b34d25a763fc772be43c2b.aptopix_brit ain_tennis_queens_lkw130.jpg

MacTheKnife
06-12-2008, 10:52 PM
he is about 5 foot 10. that is about as good as it gets for him. that is probably slightly above average height for Asians.

A gentleman name James Scott Conners was 5'10", he did OK..

star
06-13-2008, 12:23 AM
A gentleman name James Scott Conners was 5'10", he did OK..

Different era. That was when 5'10" or 11" was considered the perfect height for a tennis player. Connors was average size for tennis players then.

Alonsofz
06-13-2008, 12:48 AM
Kei :worship:

jasmin
06-13-2008, 01:26 AM
Well maybe Kei will continue to grow. Not all Asians are short.

Forehander
06-13-2008, 01:45 AM
Prince of Tennis!

luie
06-13-2008, 02:55 AM
What nadal human AGAIN,,,Oh no don't tell me,,,IS this a FAST surface. OK then that explains it.
carry-on.

ForehandWinner
06-13-2008, 02:56 AM
What is Queens tennis website address?

Knightmace
06-13-2008, 03:48 AM
Expected Nadal to win this in straight.

Aurora
06-13-2008, 07:31 AM
Did you have this point please?? Any video, I want to see it!!
he's under the net at about 2'00
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Bazooka
06-13-2008, 09:05 AM
A gentleman name James Scott Conners was 5'10", he did OK..

And Rod Laver was 5'8" and still the best serve & volley player ever :)

I watched the first set, and Kei is very aggresive both wings, with that scary flying forehand that is one of the heaviest I've seen and is only 18. Served well too, and increased his game when in need.

If he can be consistent on this level, Kei has the game and the mind strenght to be a great one, plus the fact of being the only japanese on the top will certainly will help his reputation and contracts.

Bazooka
06-13-2008, 09:15 AM
Oh and about that people that find funny when others fall... I guess your sense of humor is so sofisticated that I can't understand it. Look, some old woman fell on the street, ha, ha. Now a tennis player slipped, how funny. :rolleyes:

ZakMcCrack
06-13-2008, 09:47 AM
Indeed promising that kid, whereas Nadal was simply too passive in that second set and got moved from side to side by Nishikori -still, some great defense from the spanish muscleman :worship:
Kei has quick hands and moves very fleet-footed, plus he plays with many variants, but he has to improve that backhand slice which - astonishingly - seems to be worse than his forehand slice. Gotta like his game though.

Nathaliia
06-13-2008, 09:48 AM
definitely a great match, both were exhausted after it at press conferences...

i'm just writing a report from yesterday :p

nadal said kei would be top 10 or even top 5 next year

Guigr
06-13-2008, 11:08 AM
Future looks great for Nishikori. A lot of his point were easily top 20 yesterday. He can well work on his weakness like 2nd serve and making too many mistakes on return but he already got the talent.
When he returns the ball in play he is a real threat even to top players.

Denise
06-13-2008, 12:18 PM
Well done Rafa! :kiss:

chewy
06-13-2008, 01:00 PM
Well maybe Kei will continue to grow. Not all Asians are short.

I hope he doesn't, cause then he'll be just another tall player :p
plus i like the variety in tennis and i think it's great to have a shorter player for us to look up to...

there might be such a thing as perfect height to be a top tennis player, let Kei be the exception :)

Big CONGRATS to Kei, for performing so well in a battle against one of the world's best. Didn't let us down, earn many respects.

MacTheKnife
06-13-2008, 03:29 PM
And Rod Laver was 5'8" and still the best serve & volley player ever :)

I watched the first set, and Kei is very aggresive both wings, with that scary flying forehand that is one of the heaviest I've seen and is only 18. Served well too, and increased his game when in need.

If he can be consistent on this level, Kei has the game and the mind strenght to be a great one, plus the fact of being the only japanese on the top will certainly will help his reputation and contracts.

Agree completely, and both Conners and Laver would do pretty well even today. It's still not about size as much as some on this forum seem to think. If it was, the 6'6" + guys would all be in the top 5 which none of them are.. There is no more perfect height or size for tennis. It's still about talent, speed, and most of all heart and nerve.