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U.S. Spring Clay Season 2010 (Savannah, Sarasota)

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*bunny*
05-02-2010, 02:09 AM
SARASOTA, FL., USA
May 10-15
Green Clay, $50,000

Main Draw:

[1][1]DENT, Taylor vs SMYCZEK, Tim
(WC) CHAPPIDI, Vamsee vs (SE) NISHIKORI, Kei
WITTEN, Jesse vs LL RODRIGUES, Bruno
POSPISIL, Vasek vs [5] KIM, Kevin

[9]KENDRICK, Robert vs (WC) BANGOURA, Sekou
DEHEART, Ryler USA vs (WC) REYNOLDS, Bobby
BAKER, Jamie vs VENUS, Michael
STATHAM, Jose (rubin) vs [6] SWEETING, Ryan

[8]KUZNETSOV, Alex vs JONES, Greg
Q REID, Matt vs LL MONROE, Nicolas
WARD, James vs ESTRELLA, Victor
COOK, Lester vs [4] DABUL, Brian

[3] YOUNG, Donald vs SIRIANNI, Joseph
Q GARZA, Daniel vs SATSCHKO, Alex
Q KELLY, Dayne vs Q RYDERSTEDT, Michael
GARD, Catalin ROU vs [2] LEVINE, Jesse

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/5069/mds.pdf

Official site:
http://www.sarasotaopen.org/home.php

Livescore:
http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2010&wkno=19C&lang=en&tabno=2&eventid=5069&ref=www.atpworldtour.com




SAVANNAH, GA., USA
May 3-9
Green Clay, $50,000

Main Draw:
[1]DENT, Taylor vs SIRIANNI, Joseph
STATHAM, Jose (rubin) vs Q
CAPDEVILLE, Paul vs WITTEN, Jesse
[WC]GAMBILL, Jan-Michael vs [7]KUZNETSOV, Alex

[3]DABUL, Brian vs WARD, James
Q vs NISHIKORI, Kei
POSPISIL, Vasek vs JONES, Greg
KLEC, Ivo vs [8]KENDRICK, Robert

[5]YANI, Michael vs COOK, Lester
Q vs Q
[WC]KOSAKOWSKI, Daniel vs REYNOLDS, Bobby
BAKER, Jamie vs [4]SWEETING, Ryan

[6]YOUNG, Donald vs [WC]OUELLETTE, Greg
[WC]WOLMARANS, Fritz vs DEHEART, Ryler
SATSCHKO, Alex vs GARD, Catalin
SMYCZEK, Tim vs [2]LEVINE, Jesse

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/5067/mds.pdf

Official Site:
http://www.savannahchallenger.com/

Tournament Twitter:
http://twitter.com/SAVChallenger

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In this top post I will post draws and other infor of all the clay tournaments Kei is scheduled to play this year (Savannah, Sarasota and maybe RG).

*bunny*
05-02-2010, 02:09 AM
Good luck, Kei! ;)

minh
05-03-2010, 03:32 AM
Kei :):), come on

*bunny*
05-03-2010, 04:37 AM
Kei's first round opponent is veteran Cecil Mamiit! It could be very tough! Good luck, Kei! :rocker2:

His match is not on Monday OOP. Maybe tomorrow.

silverwhite
05-03-2010, 02:51 PM
Come on, Kei :yeah:

Rafkei
05-04-2010, 12:30 AM
Wow The Philippines vs. Japan - im Filipino but im certainly rooting for Kei! :devil: This should be interesting! :D

*bunny*
05-04-2010, 02:42 AM
Wow The Philippines vs. Japan - im Filipino but im certainly rooting for Kei! :devil: This should be interesting! :D
:lol:
You are a true fan, Rafkei! :yeah:
(I have to confess I was rooting for JCF when he and Kei played...:o)

I think this match will be a good Davis Cup practice for both Kei and Cecil. :)

*bunny*
05-04-2010, 03:03 AM
OOP for Tuesday, May 4

STADIUM
Matches Start At: 10:30 am
Donald YOUNG (USA) vs Greg OUELLETTE (USA)
Cecil MAMIIT (PHI) vs Kei NISHIKORI (JPN)
Fritz WOLMARANS (RSA) vs Ryler DEHEART (USA)
Taylor DENT (USA) vs Joseph SIRIANNI (AUS)

http://www.savannahchallenger.com/images/stories/draws/2010/op.pdf

Wow Kei and Mamiit got centre court ahead of some big name Americans like Kendrick and Sweeting. :D
Good luck, Kei! :yeah:

Rafkei
05-04-2010, 05:52 AM
:lol:
You are a true fan, Rafkei! :yeah:
(I have to confess I was rooting for JCF when he and Kei played...:o)

I think this match will be a good Davis Cup practice for both Kei and Cecil. :)


:D Thanks Bunny! (i hope there are no Mamiit Filipino fans here, or else l'll be dead :angel: just joking) :D Been a fan of Kei since the delray win - Mamiit is a good player but he is just past his prime days.

Btw, I never knew that JCF and Kei had played already. When was it?

*bunny*
05-04-2010, 06:43 AM
:D Thanks Bunny! (i hope there are no Mamiit Filipino fans here, or else l'll be dead :angel: just joking) :D Been a fan of Kei since the delray win - Mamiit is a good player but he is just past his prime days.

Btw, I never knew that JCF and Kei had played already. When was it?
They played in R32 at Auckland last year. Kei retired 3-5 in the first set due to the arm injury, which made me feel all the more bad. :sad:

Rafkei
05-04-2010, 08:14 AM
ah i see, that's too bad. Two of your favorite players, sadly the match end up in a retirement.

Im sure there will next time! :D

*bunny*
05-04-2010, 04:00 PM
ah i see, that's too bad. Two of your favorite players, sadly the match end up in a retirement.

Im sure there will next time! :D
I rather hope they'll never play again! :lol: Don't want my loyalty tested!


It seems the matches are delayed due to rain... :rain: :(

From the tournament Twitter/FB.
Good Morning Everyone!! Unfortunately, the rain has pushed back all of our matches. The courts are now closed....

makannmi17
05-05-2010, 05:58 AM
hey Rafkei, i'm also Filipino, but not a Mamiit fan, so you're still lucky. haha. Anyway, Kei is my second fave ATP player. i hope he'll win more matches so his ranking will improve. :)

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 12:47 PM
Welcome, Makannmi! :wavey:

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 12:49 PM
Kei's match yesterday was postponed due to rain soon after it started.

The match is scheduled to resume with Kei serving *0-1 on the stadirum court at 10 a.m. local time, which is in a little more than two hours time!

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 03:30 PM
Kei started trailing *0-3, but then he won four straight games to lead *4-3. :)

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 03:52 PM
1st set to Kei 6-4. :)

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 03:58 PM
Kei leads 6-4 2-0* :yippee:

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 04:06 PM
Mamiit breaks back. 2-2 :o

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 04:19 PM
Kei breaks again! *4-3 :D
Don't look back now...!

*bunny*
05-05-2010, 04:25 PM
Kei wins 6-4 6-3!! :yeah:

He will play James Ward in the second round. Good luck! ;)

And commiserations to Mamiit...! :hug:

silverwhite
05-05-2010, 06:37 PM
:yeah:

conivip
05-05-2010, 09:18 PM
Keeei (Y)

Rafkei
05-06-2010, 12:30 AM
Way to go Kei! Finally a straight sets win! :D

misty1
05-06-2010, 01:54 AM
hi there. I only recently ever heard of kei nishikori i was browsing round on the site and saw that he was # 56 in the rankings at one point and now he's down at 648 and i wondered what happened there?

did he really beat james blake to win the delray title in 2008?

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 03:01 AM
hi there. I only recently ever heard of kei nishikori i was browsing round on the site and saw that he was # 56 in the rankings at one point and now he's down at 648 and i wondered what happened there?

did he really beat james blake to win the delray title in 2008?
Welcome misty, :wavey:

Maybe you started watching tennis seriously only recently? :)
Well Kei was out with an injury for more than a year. Hence the ranking drop.

And yes, he had a breakthrough year in 2008. He won Delray Beach as a qualifier, beating Querrey in semifinals and Blake in the finals. At 18 and 1 month, he was the youngest ATP titlist since Hewitt in 1998.
Watch the final game here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF1PtoXhWz4

Kei also took a set off Rafa at Queens when he was No. 1, and at USO, he beat the 4th seed Ferrer in the third round in five sets. He also reached semifinals in Stockholm.
Other big scalps Kei took from 2008 to early 2009 include Berdych, Gulbis and Monaco, and he won the 2008 ATP Newcomer's Award.

But he sufferred a persistent elbow injury in January 2009. At first it was diagnosed as a mustle strain so he played on till IW in March. But then it was re-diagnosed as tendonitis, and finally a stress fracture was detected, which required surgery and took so long to heal.
So he was sidelined from mid-March 2009 to February this year. He made a brief comeback at Delray Beach, but he was not 100% yet and he started again at Baton Rouge in April.
He is ranked in 600s now, but in March he dropped off the rankings table altogether because he lost all the points. But he has got the protected ranking of 106 because he was sidelined for more than six months.

It must be said that he's quite injury prone. Even in 2008, he had many minor injuries that sidelined him from time to time. Maybe his body is not strong/mature enough to bear the day-to-day stress of a pro, but he seems to be working on his fitness very hard so hopefully he can remain injury free and he will shoot up the rankings again!

If you ever have a chance to see him play, please do so because he's a real talent! :yeah:

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 03:02 AM
The first match on the Stadium court again today, at 10 a.m. local time.

OOP:
http://api.ning.com/files/BnrfdObQuyEhVrWNvTF-XocDdcpk780s9NfW-w4lAlbZX5n95njLcwLnbs68OyZKZWXH6p-kPaTY5KBQtGy-T0kau3d3VwWi/op050610.pdf

Good luck, Kei! :yeah:

makannmi17
05-06-2010, 04:34 AM
hey bunny :) my name's nevere! good job, kei! good luck in the next round. :)

Rafkei
05-06-2010, 06:44 AM
hey bunny :) my name's nevere! good job, kei! good luck in the next round. :)

Hi Nevere! Welcome to MTF especially in Kei's forum! :D

misty1
05-06-2010, 01:04 PM
Welcome misty, :wavey:

Maybe you started watching tennis seriously only recently? :)
Well Kei was out with an injury for more than a year. Hence the ranking drop.

And yes, he had a breakthrough year in 2008. He won Delray Beach as a qualifier, beating Querrey in semifinals and Blake in the finals. At 18 and 1 month, he was the youngest ATP titlist since Hewitt in 1998.
Watch the final game here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF1PtoXhWz4

Kei also took a set off Rafa at Queens when he was No. 1, and at USO, he beat the 4th seed Ferrer in the third round in five sets. He also reached semifinals in Stockholm.
Other big scalps Kei took from 2008 to early 2009 include Berdych, Gulbis and Monaco, and he won the 2008 ATP Newcomer's Award.

But he sufferred a persistent elbow injury in January 2009. At first it was diagnosed as a mustle strain so he played on till IW in March. But then it was re-diagnosed as tendonitis, and finally a stress fracture was detected, which required surgery and took so long to heal.
So he was sidelined from mid-March 2009 to February this year. He made a brief comeback at Delray Beach, but he was not 100% yet and he started again at Baton Rouge in April.
He is ranked in 600s now, but in March he dropped off the rankings table altogether because he lost all the points. But he has got the protected ranking of 106 because he was sidelined for more than six months.

It must be said that he's quite injury prone. Even in 2008, he had many minor injuries that sidelined him from time to time. Maybe his body is not strong/mature enough to bear the day-to-day stress of a pro, but he seems to be working on his fitness very hard so hopefully he can remain injury free and he will shoot up the rankings again!

If you ever have a chance to see him play, please do so because he's a real talent! :yeah:

oh okay thanks for explaining:)

yeah i only really started watching tennis at about half way through the french open last year.

i hope i do get to see him play, and i hope he does get back up there

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 03:18 PM
oh okay thanks for explaining:)

yeah i only really started watching tennis at about half way through the french open last year.

i hope i do get to see him play, and i hope he does get back up there
Hope you'll drop by again! :wavey:

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 03:21 PM
The first match on the Stadium court again today, at 10 a.m. local time.

Sorry I got the time wrong. It's from 11 a.m. local time, or 3 p.m. GMT, which is in about 40 minutes. :o

A very short clip from yesterday's match here:
Click on "Savannah Challenger - Wednesday" under Featured Videos.
http://www.wtoc.com/Global/story.asp?S=12431728

misty1
05-06-2010, 04:42 PM
so im back:wavey:

he does really look like a good talent so i decided to get behind him.

live score says he leads 3-2 over ward

misty1
05-06-2010, 04:47 PM
now ward leads 4-3

from what i can gather ward broke for 2-1, kei broke for 3-2 and ward broke for 4-3

misty1
05-06-2010, 04:59 PM
ward is leding 5-4 in the first set, kei will serve to sdtay in it

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 05:02 PM
Hi again, misty! :)

Awww SP to Ward. :scared:

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 05:03 PM
Phew! Deuce...

misty1
05-06-2010, 05:09 PM
hi bunny

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 05:10 PM
Finally 5-5! Phew!

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 05:15 PM
Ward trained at Ferrero's academy in Valencia for four years, so I presume he's used to playing on clay. Two of the three challengers he has won were on clay, including Sarasota last year.

Kei has said he likes to play on clay (he is a junior RG doubles champion in 2006), but he confessed in his recent blog that after not playing on the surface for two years it's taking time for him to adapt playing on clay. He also said that hitting the ball on clay is a lot heavier on his arm. Hope he's getting used to play on clay again as he plays matches.

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 05:18 PM
Kei serving for the set. *6-5
NOW, DON'T GET BROKEN BACK!!

misty1
05-06-2010, 05:22 PM
kei breaks 6-5 and now is in danger of giving it right back

misty1
05-06-2010, 05:24 PM
:mad:

how is kei's record in tiebreakers?

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 05:25 PM
:unsure:
Ward leads tie break *4-0....

misty1
05-06-2010, 05:27 PM
3-0 ward in the tiebreak

misty1
05-06-2010, 05:30 PM
apparently not great here since ho loses the tiebreak 0-7 and the first set 6-7

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 05:31 PM
Looks like kei didn't win a single point in TB, which is quite unusual.
Hope he's not injured or anything... :sad:

misty1
05-06-2010, 05:52 PM
2-1 kei early on

misty1
05-06-2010, 05:54 PM
kei breaks for 3-1! lets just hope he holds it this time

misty1
05-06-2010, 06:01 PM
kei leads 5-1 serving for the set!!

now either this is just one of those weird parts of a game where, after a tight first set one player falls asleep and tanks the next set than wins the 3rd or a sign of good things

wins the 2nd set 6-1

nice bounce back from that awful tie breaker

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 06:08 PM
Nice come back, Kei (while I had to restarted my PC coz it froze) ! :D
So he was being a slow starter again! :)

misty1
05-06-2010, 06:14 PM
he's broken ward's serve to start things off in the 3rd

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 06:17 PM
They exchange breaks again... 1-1*

misty1
05-06-2010, 06:18 PM
i knew it was to good to be true that it would be a repeat of the last set

nishikori breaks again..and again lets hope he can hold

and he does manage to hold =)

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 06:32 PM
Adv. Kei. Break again, Kei!! :D

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 06:34 PM
Hmm, Ward holds.
*3-2

Don't get broken again, Kei!

misty1
05-06-2010, 06:39 PM
:mad::mad:
ward broke

misty1
05-06-2010, 06:43 PM
are nishikori matches always like this bunny?
or is it just that its still early on in his comeback

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 06:58 PM
Grrr my computer is so slow loading today. I really must get a new one soon. :(

Well, misty, he's a slow starter. I can tell you that.
And I guess he has trouble with his serve. Serve has never been a strong point in his game although he has good placement. He's not a tall guy you know. And it was serve that gave him pains when he had the elbow injury, so I think he may be still careful not to push too hard when serving.
His return game is good that's why there are many breaks methinks.

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 07:00 PM
But Kei won!! Phew!!

6-7(0) 6-1 6-4

misty1
05-06-2010, 07:02 PM
:)
i'm so happy my first match that i've tracked kei play turned out as a win

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 07:04 PM
Was a long and winding road, though! :lol:

It was nice livescoring with you, misty! :)
Cya soon again. ;)

misty1
05-06-2010, 07:07 PM
nice live scoring with you to

cya tommorrow:)

*bunny*
05-06-2010, 07:16 PM
Kei will face Kendrick in QF.
They met at Japan Open in 2008 and Kei won, so I hope for the same result tomorrow! :yeah:
Hope he will be well rested after this marathon match that lasted nearly 3 hours!

Rafkei
05-07-2010, 12:34 AM
A win is win! Great Job Kei!

Great job as well Bunny and Misty is was good seeing your posts about the livescores. It was like commentary! keep it up guys! :D I wish i could join some other time!

kinokino
05-07-2010, 01:02 AM
Well done, kei! :banana:
Thank you for the live posts! Bunny and Misty1 :yeah:

silverwhite
05-07-2010, 01:03 AM
:yeah:

But he needs to try to win in 2 when he can :o

minh
05-07-2010, 03:23 AM
Good win Kei, good luck :hugs:

makannmi17
05-07-2010, 05:08 AM
Hi Nevere! Welcome to MTF especially in Kei's forum! :D


Thanks :) I just feel a little bit lazy posting anything, but I've been a lurker here for a while.

*bunny*
05-07-2010, 07:46 AM
Well done, kei! :banana:
Thank you for the live posts! Bunny and Misty1 :yeah:

A win is win! Great Job Kei!

Great job as well Bunny and Misty is was good seeing your posts about the livescores. It was like commentary! keep it up guys! :D I wish i could join some other time!
Thanx. It would have been much better if we had streaming!
Hope you guys can join us next time! :)

:yeah:

But he needs to try to win in 2 when he can :o
You're right. He served for the first set and had a SP!

And sorry, I don't think I welcomed you properly, so a belated welcome! :wavey:

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Kei said in his blog that it was 3 hours of a super battle and he thinks he played a good match. There were many breaks but he thinks it's normal on clay, and his serve was not perfect yet. But he said he was very tired after playing 3 hours on clay on a hot day, so he would go to bed early.

His QF vs Kendrick is the first match on the Stadium court, from 14:30 GMT.
Hope he won't be too tired. Good luck, Kei! :yeah:

Rafkei
05-07-2010, 09:51 AM
I really hope he wins this time or if he loses (which i hope would not happern) atlease i'll be a more closer match. The last few QF he played, he lose the match in two quick sets, like he runs out of steam or he is too tired because of the previous two matches.

Good luck Kei!

minh
05-07-2010, 11:11 AM
i think Kei is playing well, he will win this match, I hope and I guess

misty1
05-07-2010, 02:25 PM
hey everyone:wavey:

your welcome, first of all everyone for doing tghe live score commentary.

i'll be here for kei's match today to which starts in about an hour

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:01 PM
still waiting on updates, dont know whats going on but the match should have started half an hour ago

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:11 PM
Here:
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=125803364099831&id=289196164905

Nishikori leads 1st set 5-2

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:14 PM
Nishikori takes 1st set 6-2 from fb

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:16 PM
oh i know, thats what i was checking but it didnt update until about..now

*bunny*
05-07-2010, 04:17 PM
Hi misty! Sorry I missed the beginning of the match.

Kei now leads *5-2 in the 1st set, but now Kendrick has a BP... 30-40.

Score is available on Bet365.

*bunny*
05-07-2010, 04:19 PM
Thanx DanaK!

looks like my score was soooo late! lol

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:21 PM
hey bunny:wavey:

it has not been a good day for me in terms of tennis

kohlschreiber lost to baghdatis
gasquet lost to isner
clement lost to federer, i dont really like clement but i'll root for anyone against federer.
and williams will in all likelihood beat jankovic

so i'm 0-4 on the day and it would be really nice of someone i liked won today

luckily kei is well on his way to winning

and he breaks kendrick's serve to open tne 2nd set

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:21 PM
Early break in second set! Come on Kei! Just serve now!

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:22 PM
6-2 2-0*

Hey Bunny! :)

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:24 PM
go kei go!

2-0 in the 2nd!

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:26 PM
kei breaks again! up 3-0

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:27 PM
Yay!!!!

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:31 PM
kendrick breaks, kei still leads 3-1

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:31 PM
Kendrick broke back

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:35 PM
kei gets the break right back, serving at 4-1

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:36 PM
2 games Kei, just two games.

TAKE IT!!!!

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:39 PM
Yay!!! 5-1!!!:bowdown: pleasepleaseplease Kei pleeeeeeeaaaaase!!!!

*bunny*
05-07-2010, 04:43 PM
C'mon Kei! :yippee:

(Grrrrr I had to answer a phone call! :()

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 04:46 PM
6-2 6-1!!!! He did it!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: :worship::bigclap::banana:
It is his first semi or I am wrong?

misty1
05-07-2010, 04:47 PM
kei wins 6-2, 6-1!!

good job, great win
i got to thank kei, he saved this day from being a complete disaster for me

if kei wins this week he can jump all the way back to 346 in the rankings

*bunny*
05-07-2010, 05:20 PM
Good job Kei! :yeah:
A nice and quick win for a change!

(But I really have to buy a new computer... The one I'm using now is almost six years old and is giving heaps of problems of late! It froze again like 40 minutes ago! :()

6-2 6-1!!!! He did it!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: :worship::bigclap::banana:
It is his first semi or I am wrong?
It is his first semi since coming back. :)

If you are talking about his challenger results, he won the Bermuda challenger in 2008, beating the likes of Gulbis and Troicki. He also reached the finals in the Carson challenger in 2007 (and lost to Young).
On the ATP level, he reached SF twice, in Delray Beach (which he won) and Stockholm in 2008. :)

DanaKz
05-07-2010, 06:10 PM
Good job Kei! :yeah:
It is his first semi since coming back. :)

If you are talking about his challenger results, he won the Bermuda challenger in 2008, beating the likes of Gulbis and Troicki. He also reached the finals in the Carson challenger in 2007 (and lost to Young).
On the ATP level, he reached SF twice, in Delray Beach (which he won) and Stockholm in 2008. :)

Yep, I am talking about his results after Comeback :)


I remember Delray Beach, I was watching it and (my confessions) in beginning I was cheering for Blake (I think he is really nice guy with nice play) but by the end I was screaming for Kei :worship: He was just awesome.
I remember how he was about to fall down on his knees after winning matchball, how his coach pull off his glass and put it again (it was Glenn wasn't he?) and how happy Kei was!:bigclap: I saw comment on youtube about Kei's speech "I am so happy to be here" when he get his prize, this comment said: "It's like a speech for child in Disneyland":haha:

*bunny*
05-07-2010, 06:11 PM
Kei will play Sirianni in SF.
Capdeville retired injured against Sirianni, who won *6-5.

Good luck, Kei!! :yeah:

*bunny*
05-07-2010, 06:16 PM
Yep, I am talking about his results after Comeback :)


I remember Delray Beach, I was watching it and (my confessions) in beginning I was cheering for Blake (I think he is really nice guy with nice play) but by the end I was screaming for Kei :worship: He was just awesome.
I remember how he was about to fall down on his knees after winning matchball, how his coach pull off his glass and put it again (it was Glenn wasn't he?) and how happy Kei was!:bigclap: I saw comment on youtube about Kei's speech "I am so happy to be here" when he get his prize, this comment said: "It's like a speech for child in Disneyland":haha:
Yeah that was a truly great moment!
And yes it was Glenn Weiner who's still traveling with Kei. :)

Strangely enough Delray Beach was also the first time I saw him play singles matches. I did see him play doubles at Japan Open in 2007, and I got interested in him as a player after he won RG junior doubles in 2006. But since he's based in US, we didn't get many chances to see him play in Japan unless you are a real tennis nut who follows even the junior Davis Cup!

minh
05-08-2010, 02:56 AM
Cỏngatulation Kei, good win :):)

*bunny*
05-08-2010, 03:38 AM
Kei wrote in his blog that today he was able to keep his focus throughout the match for the first time in a long while.
He admits that his service games can still get easily broken at times: serve is his biggest problem right now. But he's getting more confident that if he can improve his serve he would be able to fight on a higher level.
After the match, he couldn't believe that he apparently broke all of Kendrick's service games. He had a feeling his returns were getting better, but he thinks it's a once in a lifetime achievement to break all service games of the opponent! And Kendrick is a big server!
But he felt his body was stiff so he was going to have a massage.

Tomorrow he wants to play a good match against Sirianni, an Australian. Since Kei's Davis Cup teammates are playing an away tie in Brisbane right now, he wants to give his best in this match!

(NB: The above is only a rough translation made by me so I apologise in advance for any mistake, and please don't quote it anywhere coz it's by no means an official translation.)

*bunny*
05-08-2010, 03:46 AM
Semifinals OOP:

STADIUM
Matches Start At: 11:00 A.M.

Ryan SWEETING (USA) vs Donald YOUNG (USA)
Joseph SIRIANNI (AUS) vs Kei NISHIKORI (JPN)
Bobby REYNOLDS (USA)/Fritz WOLMARANS (RSA) vs Alex KUZNETSOV (USA)/Ryan SWEETING (USA)

Good luck, ganbatte, Kei! :yeah:

Rafkei
05-08-2010, 06:11 AM
What a great win for Kei! And it is first semi in a long time right? I think he can beat Siriani! I'm so happy right now! ;-)

:D

makannmi17
05-08-2010, 07:38 AM
Come on, Kei. Keep on winning! :)

makannmi17
05-08-2010, 07:41 AM
I have no idea who's this Siriani guy and how he plays. Never heard of him. Anyway, best of luck to Kei.

chewy
05-08-2010, 09:00 AM
It is his first semi since coming back. :)

If you are talking about his challenger results, he won the Bermuda challenger in 2008, beating the likes of Gulbis and Troicki. He also reached the finals in the Carson challenger in 2007 (and lost to Young).
On the ATP level, he reached SF twice, in Delray Beach (which he won) and Stockholm in 2008. :)

he did very well in 2008, now that he's healthy again, 2010 feels like the beginning of Kei's new adventures. The player's he's beaten like Gulbis and Troicki have since improve their game so much. I can't wait to see Kei playing in the elite level with them.

Sirianni is an Australian player with a lot of experience, Kei will really need his focus again in this SF match, and he can do this!

misty1
05-08-2010, 06:36 PM
kei is really cruising now!

he's up 6-1, 4-1 and serving right now:)

DanaKz
05-08-2010, 07:17 PM
KEI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:woohoo:
FINAL!

Ivanatis
05-08-2010, 07:20 PM
:DKei

silverwhite
05-08-2010, 07:22 PM
WOW!!

Win the final now :rocker2:

misty1
05-08-2010, 08:06 PM
:worship:good job

Filo V.
05-08-2010, 11:57 PM
Good luck in the final tomorrow, Kei!

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 12:39 AM
Well done, Kei!! :yippee:

I tried to stay up for the match, but it was from 2 a.m. and although usually I'm a night person, lack of sleep the whole week (partly because of Kei's marathon against Ward!) got me. :o

Anyway, I hope Kei will win the title!
But Sweeting seems to be playing very well. He recently won the USTA playoff for RG WC, and his ranking is approaching top 100.

According to Kei's blog, he also expects a tough match. Although it will be their first meeting, they know each other since the junior day and know each other's game very well. Sweeting is a big server and has very good strokes, Kei says.
Apparently he didn't have to do much in today's match because Sirianni made many errors. Apparently there was a long rally early in the second set, and after Kei won the point, it was pretty much straightforward, he wrote.
I'm glad Kei had two comfortable wins after that marathon match in the second round. :)

misty1
05-09-2010, 01:01 AM
should be a good match tommorrow
obviously i'll be rooting for kei

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 01:04 AM
Photo's from the event.
http://www.skidawaytoday.com/photo/albums/tail-2010-usta-50000-savannah-7
(Atm, Kei vs Sirianni pics are on Page 2; Kei vs Kendrick on Page 6.

minh
05-09-2010, 02:34 AM
Well done Kei, first final match in the year, good success :):hug:

minh
05-09-2010, 02:52 AM
FB Kei : My first final since my surgery!!! I love it. I played well today and the body is feeling great. Finals tomorrow.

conivip
05-09-2010, 02:56 AM
Kei is the best

minh
05-09-2010, 03:10 AM
Everybody, Next week Kei will play in Sarasota, Florida, is that OK?
I wonder why he doesn't play in Busan, South Korea??
Not only total prize in Busan is higher than Sarasota, but this is also an Asian tournament, his hometown.

Rafkei
05-09-2010, 03:25 AM
Hi Minh! If im not mistaken Sarasota is in Florida which means Kei considers it as his home tournament so obviously he is comfortable playing there.

Btw big congratulations to Kei for his first final in a long time! I hope he wins it! :D

Really excited on his achievement so far!

Anyway anybody have some new updates regarding Roland Garros? Will Kei play qualifying or has he have a chance to enter the main draw or even received a wild card?

makannmi17
05-09-2010, 06:05 AM
Nice win! :)

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 12:57 PM
I have updated the top post (Page 1 of this thread) with the main draw and other informatoin for the Sarasota challenger, which I post here as well: :)


SARASOTA, FL., USA
May 10-15
Green clay, $50,000

[1][1]DENT, Taylor vs SMYCZEK, Tim
(WC) CHAPPIDI, Vamsee vs (SE) NISHIKORI, Kei
WITTEN, Jesse vs KENDRICK, Robert
POSPISIL, Vasek vs [5] KIM, Kevin

[3]BALL, Carsten vs (WC) BANGOURA, Sekou
DEHEART, Ryler USA vs (WC) REYNOLDS, Bobby
BAKER, Jamie vs VENUS, Michael
STATHAM, Jose (rubin) vs [6] SWEETING, Ryan

[8]KUZNETSOV, Alex vs JONES, Greg
Q vs Q
WARD, James vs ESTRELLA, Victor
COOK, Lester vs [4] DABUL, Brian

[3] YOUNG, Donald vs SIRIANNI, Joseph
GUCCIONE, Chris vs SATSCHKO, Alex
Q vs Q
GARD, Catalin ROU vs [2] LEVINE, Jesse

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/5069/mds.pdf

Official site:
http://www.sarasotaopen.org/home.php

Livescore:
http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2010&wkno=19C&lang=en&tabno=2&eventid=5069&ref=www.atpworldtour.com

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 01:00 PM
Kei received SE in Sarasota. He had received WC, and when the entry list came out, I couldn't find his game, so I presumed he would play the event with the wild card. But maybe he entered the tournament not using the protected ranking but his actually ranking now, and having reaching SF in Savannah, he no longer needed the WC, which could be given to another player, because Kei could now enter the event as a SE.

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 01:01 PM
Do you guys prefer having a new thread for Sarasota, or maybe we can stick to this thread for the whole clay season? If many people want a new thread then I well delete the Sarasota draw in the opening post and start a new thread. Opinions welcome!

Ivanatis
05-09-2010, 07:23 PM
tough match
Sweeting is known to be a good final player

misty1
05-09-2010, 08:25 PM
kei broken right off the bat

down 1-2 to sweeting right now

misty1
05-09-2010, 08:29 PM
sweeting ahead 3-1, kei to serve

kei holds, down 2-3

misty1
05-09-2010, 08:36 PM
kei breaks! tied 3-3

hopefully he can hold here

and he does, sweeting to serve

misty1
05-09-2010, 08:45 PM
break point kei here to go up 5-3 after being down 1-3!

sweeting holds and were tied 4-4, kei to serve

misty1
05-09-2010, 08:51 PM
kei holds for 5-4, sweeting to serve to stay in the set

kei has 3 set points!!

misty1
05-09-2010, 08:56 PM
kei takes the first set 6-4!

pretty damn good for trailing 1-3 at one point. Seems kei only got off to a slow start

silverwhite
05-09-2010, 09:05 PM
Yes! Win in 2!

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 09:11 PM
Good morning... :yawn:
Sorry it's 5 a.m. over here.

So nice to read Kei took the first set! :D

Thanx, misty, for updating the score! :yeah:

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 09:20 PM
4-0! :D
Two more games!

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 09:23 PM
5-0 :rocker2:

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 09:28 PM
6-4 6-0!

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Guigr
05-09-2010, 09:28 PM
I've been following a bit Kei's comeback trail. Well we can say he's back on track. Great win!

misty1
05-09-2010, 09:35 PM
what a great win for kei after he dropped his serve to start the game it really was all him

after trailing 1-3 kei won 6-4, 6-0 which means he won 11 of the next 12 games!:worship:

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 09:39 PM
Yep, he's truly back! :yippee:
Sweeting has been having very good results of late, so serving him a bagel is no mean feat.
He's really not a player who should be playing at the challenger level. He was beating Blakes and Berdychs of the world when he was 18, 19.
But of course we shouldn't be carried away either. First of all, he needs to stay fit while traveling and playing week in, week out. Sarasota next week will be a test for his stamina and physical strength. The tournament ends on Saturday, which means he must play his first match on Tuesday. Hope he won't be too tired or get injured again!

DanaKz
05-09-2010, 09:53 PM
:woohoo:
I am so happy for Kei!!!! He did it!!!!

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 10:32 PM
Kei's ranking next week be around 340-350. :)
Awww he must be feeling really happy!

And just to remind you guys I posted the draw for the Sarasota challenger on top post of this thread (and also on Page 8).
His opponent in the first round, Vamsee Chappidi, is a 17-year-old WC recipient.

*bunny*
05-09-2010, 11:31 PM
Kei has already updated his blog in Japanese (http://blog.keinishikori.com/2010/05/post-31.html). It's short and titled "Wooooooooooooow!" He said he's really happy he could win a title so quickly after come back; so happy that he's almost crying as he wrote the entry.
He's feeling very tired and his body is screaming, but now he has to drive back to Bradenton (I guess his coach Glenn is driving the car?) and it will take six hours!
He can go to Sarasota from his home because it's very close to where he lives. His first match there is on Tuesday, so he wants to savour the victory today and on Monday.
And at the end of the blog, he wrote, "Ysssssssssssssssssssssssssss!" (I think he was typing so fast he missed "e". :lol:)

Photos from the entry:

makannmi17
05-10-2010, 02:39 AM
[QUOTE=*bunny*;9894694]Kei has already updated his blog in Japanese (http://blog.keinishikori.com/2010/05/post-31.html). It's short and titled "Wooooooooooooow!" He said he's really happy he could win a title so quickly after come back; so happy that he's almost crying as he wrote the entry.
He's feeling very tired and his body is screaming, but now he has to drive back to Bradenton (I guess his coach Glenn is driving the car?) and it will take six hours!
He can go to Sarasota from his home because it's very close to where he lives. His first match there is on Tuesday, so he wants to savour the victory today and on Monday.
And at the end of the blog, he wrote, "Ysssssssssssssssssssssssssss!" (I think he was typing so fast he missed "e". :lol:)

That's so nice. :)

minh
05-10-2010, 03:34 AM
Congra, Kei :)

Filo V.
05-10-2010, 04:01 AM
Congrats to Kei on the very impressive victory! Great job, and great to hear and see he is healthy again. As long as Kei stays healthy he should be moving through the challenger tour quickly. Hope he keeps the momentum going in Sarasota!

*bunny*
05-10-2010, 04:40 AM
And from FaceBook five hours ago: :)
(Basically the same as the blog.)

YESSSSSS....my first tournament win since coming back. So happy! What a great day. Really want to thank the people around me. This last year has not been easy but my team kept helping me and reminding me that we will be back. We are driving back to Sarasota now and will play my first match there on Tuesday.

:worship::worship::worship:

Alex.
05-10-2010, 07:05 AM
:woohoo: What a player he is. Can't believe how well he's done already.

DanaKz
05-10-2010, 11:43 AM
Kei has already updated his blog in Japanese (http://blog.keinishikori.com/2010/05/post-31.html). It's short and titled "Wooooooooooooow!" He said he's really happy he could win a title so quickly after come back; so happy that he's almost crying as he wrote the entry.
He's feeling very tired and his body is screaming, but now he has to drive back to Bradenton (I guess his coach Glenn is driving the car?) and it will take six hours!
He can go to Sarasota from his home because it's very close to where he lives. His first match there is on Tuesday, so he wants to savour the victory today and on Monday.
And at the end of the blog, he wrote, "Ysssssssssssssssssssssssssss!" (I think he was typing so fast he missed "e". :lol:)

Photos from the entry:

Thank you Bunny :worship:

Rafkei
05-10-2010, 11:51 AM
Do you guys prefer having a new thread for Sarasota, or maybe we can stick to this thread for the whole clay season? If many people want a new thread then I well delete the Sarasota draw in the opening post and start a new thread. Opinions welcome!

In my opinion i think we should just stay with this thread, maybe just edit the title. This thread might be lucky since Kei wins his first title after comeback.

Congrats to Kei im sure he is really thrilled right now! This is all worth the wait! :D

chewy
05-10-2010, 01:16 PM
Let the celebration continue! :aparty:
I was tempted to check the results at work this morning but i wasn't too confident and had he lost, my work load would've felt twice as heavy...but it's all good now.
He is definitely on track, but there's still miles ahead to the destination. Keep on rolling Kei!

PS @bunny, I'm with what Rafkei said ^^, no harm in having some luck on our side. And I find it easier to navigated by grouping these threads for the clay season or however you wish to categorise it.

*bunny*
05-10-2010, 04:46 PM
In my opinion i think we should just stay with this thread, maybe just edit the title. This thread might be lucky since Kei wins his first title after comeback.

Congrats to Kei im sure he is really thrilled right now! This is all worth the wait! :D

Let the celebration continue! :aparty:
I was tempted to check the results at work this morning but i wasn't too confident and had he lost, my work load would've felt twice as heavy...but it's all good now.
He is definitely on track, but there's still miles ahead to the destination. Keep on rolling Kei!

PS @bunny, I'm with what Rafkei said ^^, no harm in having some luck on our side. And I find it easier to navigated by grouping these threads for the clay season or however you wish to categorise it.
Thanx, Rafkei and Chewy. Then I'll keep this thread as it is now. :)

If there's anybody who have different opinions, please let me know!

*bunny*
05-10-2010, 04:54 PM
Here's a review of the final with some nice photos. :)

http://savannahnow.com/sports/2010-05-10/challenge-met-nishikori-rolls-over-sweeting-title

Challenge met: Nishikori rolls over Sweeting to title
Posted: May 10, 2010 - 12:18am

By Donald Heath

After the fourth game of his title match at the Tail USTA Savannah Challenger on Sunday, Kei Nishikori had some revisions for his game plan: Get to every ball and make every shot.

The 20-year-old Japanese native came close to meeting his goals.

He won 11 of the final 12 games and surprisingly had few problems with fourth-seeded Ryan Sweeting of Florida, 6-4, 6-0, at The Landings' Franklin Creek Tennis Center.

Nishikori, once ranked 56th in the world before missing most of 2009 with a right elbow injury, appeared to be back at full strength in just his fourth tournament since his September surgery. He earned $7,200 and 80 ranking points in the Association of Tennis Professionals. Ranking points help players qualify for bigger tournaments.

"I was injured for a long time, so this gives me confidence," Nishikori said.

Nishikori lost only one set in five victories during the week. He lost only nine games while beating his final three foes in straight sets.

Sweeting lasted just 80 minutes against an opponent who spent 95 percent of his time behind the baseline.

"He served well. He was hitting his forehand well. ... He was too much for me today," said Sweeting, making no excuses.

Sweeting, who earned $4,240, entered the day on a roll. A week ago, he completed a three-match sweep at Boca Raton to qualify for the main draw at the French Open.

He won his first four matches in Savannah. He broke Nishikori in the first game of the first set, won the fourth game at love and led 3-1.

"I thought I played about the same all day," Sweeting said. "(Nishikori) stepped up his game."

A 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, Nishikori may not immediately impress you. He stays behind the baseline and sprays forehands all over the court.

But he hits the forehand with pace and consistently within inches of the opponent's baseline. He's adept with slices and backhands as well.

And his drop shot from the baseline is akin to a good changeup from a fastball pitcher.

After falling behind 3-1, Nishikori won 24 of the next 33 points. Twice, he finished games with a perfectly placed drop shot from the baseline.

"I was trying to grind more," Nishikori said. "Trying not to miss and get to every ball. (Sweeting) had a good serve, but I had a good return so that helped me."

It's how Nishikori played in 2008, when as an 18-year-old he became the first Japanese male to win an ATP event by beating James Blake in the title match at Delray Beach.

Later in the year, Nishikori advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open - the farthest a Japanese male had advanced at the U.S. Open in 71 years.

Sweeting won just seven points during Nishikori's final six service games.

"I'd say he's back to where he was (in the world rankings)," Sweeting said.

[...]

*bunny*
05-10-2010, 06:00 PM
YouTube clip on Kei's official site. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2o1B1ldjoA&feature=player_embedded

And his comment in English on the site:

"I am so happy that I won the title today and the way I played. My level of tennis has been improved a lot in these last months with the help of Nick Bollettieri and Glenn Weiner and the staff at the Bollettieri Academy. I was a little nervous before the final because it had been a long time since I had played a match like this. Next is the Sarasota tournament and we will spend the next two days getting ready for this tournament."

http://blog.keinishikori.com/en/2010/05/keis-comment-at-savannah-challenger-final-round.html

*bunny*
05-10-2010, 06:17 PM
Kei's rankings has jumped to #345. :)

kinokino
05-11-2010, 01:05 AM
Congrats Kei!!!!!!! :woohoo:
Good luck in Sarasota!

I was one day late... :p

minh
05-11-2010, 01:33 AM
Kei :hug:, good luck

*bunny*
05-11-2010, 01:04 PM
From Nick Bollettieri's blog: :)

http://nickstennispicks.com/2010/05/10/nishikori-back-in-the-winners-circle/

Nishikori back in the winner’s circle

IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy student, Kei Nishikori, won his first pro tournament since his comeback from an injury by winning the ATP Challenger in Savannah. Kei defeated Ryan Sweeting in the finals 6-4, 6-0 in the finals to win the title. In 2008, Nishikori was named ATP Newcomer of the Year after winning the title in Delray Beach and then reaching the 4th round of the US Open. He then missed a majority of 2009 due to an arm injury, but is finally back and playing well again.

He will probably play his first match at the Sarasota Challenger tomorrow.

Congrats to Kei and good luck this week!

*bunny*
05-11-2010, 03:28 PM
Kei made another long entry in his blog in Japanese (http://blog.keinishikori.com/2010/05/home.html). He really must be happy!
Here's a rough summary ( which by no means is an official or complete translation!!).

He arrived at home after midnight on Sunday. Usually he falls asleep as soon as the vehicle starts, but this time he couldn't sleep at all during the six-hour drive. (...Poor Glenn must have driven their car all the way. lol) He thinks it's because of the adrenalin running; he sometimes can't sleep well after a long match.

On Monday he had light training (stationary bike etc.), massage and a hair cut. His body felt stiff and he's still a bit tired but since he has the next match on Tuesday, he's trying to get ready. He thinks this week will be more about staying fit physically and mentally rather than about tennis. He said he'd be very careful so that his elbow won't go bust again.

Then he looked back on Savannah. As we all thought, he also thinks the second round against James Ward was the turning point. Every point in that match was long and he had to fight for it. By winning this match he thinks he got more confident. And then his shots started flowing deeper and he was able to switch from defence to offence more readily. He felt very nervous on the day of the final. He really wanted to win but he was also really happy just by reaching the final. But when the match started, he could stay calm. Sweeting started better, but gradually Kei became able to take more control of the rallies. He thinks his transition from defence was offence was good again, and in the second set he was able to stay focused and play his best tennis. In a way he's a bit surprised he's already won a tournament because he had thought such a day would be far away. And he hopes that now he has won a tournament, he wants to improve even more. Then he thanked those around him: His team, coach, doctors, trainers, sponsors, family and his fans. He's very thankful that he can play tennis again.

*bunny*
05-11-2010, 03:31 PM
OOP in Sarasota - TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

CENTER COURT start 11:00am
R Deheart (USA) vs [WC] B Reynolds (USA)
[8] A Kuznetsov (USA) vs G Jones (AUS)
J Statham (NZL) vs [6] R Sweeting (USA)
Not Before 4:30 PM
[7] D Young (USA) vs J Sirianni (AUS)
Not Before 6:30 PM
[WC] V Chappidi (USA) vs K Nishikori (JPN)

(You can find the draw on top post)

Livescore:
http://www.protennislive.com/framese...pworldtour.com

Good luck, Kei! ;)

why,marat,why?
05-12-2010, 12:28 AM
Hey, fellow Kei-enthusiasts! The atp FINALLY has live scoreboards up for challengers, but I'll post significant updates on the match on here for anybody who is interested (although I'm sure I won't be as helpful as bunny has been, great job!).

Kei is up a quick break: 2-0. His 17-year-old opponent is nervous it would appear. Kei won the 8 out of the first 9 points.

why,marat,why?
05-12-2010, 12:51 AM
First set 6-1 to Kei.

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 12:53 AM
Kei just won the first set 6-1! :D

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 12:55 AM
It appears Bunny is not yet here "why, marat,why?" - let's try it for now!

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 12:55 AM
Kei up a break in the second set!

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 12:57 AM
Kei is now ahead 2-0 in the 2nd set!

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 12:58 AM
His opponent seems to be struggling on his first serve, percentage is down to 38-50%

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 12:59 AM
Three break points for Kei! Yes!

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:00 AM
3 break points for Kei to go 3-0

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:01 AM
Kei is now 3-0 up and 1 set ahead. Way to go Kei! So far he is cruising in this first round match against Chappidi

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:03 AM
First set stats for Kei: 1st serve points 79%, 2nd serve points 70%, saved 2 break points and total points won 66%

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:05 AM
2nd set 4-1 in favor of Kei! Cmon just two more games! ;-)

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:08 AM
Now Kei is 5-1 up just one more game to win the match!

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:12 AM
Chappidi serving to stay in the match

why,marat,why?
05-12-2010, 01:13 AM
6-1, 6-1. Nice, easy win for Kei. I feel sort of bad for his young opponent. Only 17 and already competing in challengers is tough.
Regardless, an easy win after a surely-tiring week is awesome! Good job, Nishi.

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:14 AM
Kei just broke Chappidi in the last game to win the match 6-1 6-1!

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:20 AM
Chappidi is just 17 years old probably experience and nerves got him in this match. Although just viewed via live scores based on the match i think Kei played really aggressively and was able to limit errors and take advantage of a very good percentage of first serves.

Rafkei
05-12-2010, 01:20 AM
Congrats Kei!

misty1
05-12-2010, 01:49 AM
what a great win for kei! :worship:

minh
05-12-2010, 01:58 AM
Yeahhhhhhh, Kei, well done, great :):)

kinokino
05-12-2010, 02:27 AM
Congrats Kei, keep going!!! :drive:

Thank you for the live posts, why,marat,why? and Rafkei! :yeah:

minh
05-12-2010, 03:27 AM
Everybody, Does anyone know whether Kei will play RG or not?? i see Kei is on entry list Carson challenger in USA, this challenger is the same time with RG.
Week 21: Carson, California, USA [Entry List]

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Entry list by rank:

@ Nishikori, Kei JPN 106
Levine, Jesse USA 108
Dabul, Brian ARG 124
Kim, Kevin USA 132
Yani, Michael USA 153
Young, Donald USA 158
@ Reynolds, Bobby USA 161
Kuznetsov, Alex USA 162
Kendrick, Robert USA 164
Capdeville, Paul CHI 168
Lindahl, Nick AUS 192
Smyczek, Tim USA 205
Polansky, Peter CAN 206
Cook, Lester USA 211
Van der Merwe, Izak RSA 217
Matosevic, Marinko AUS 228
King-Turner, Daniel NZL 238
Millman, John AUS 244
Tavares, Leonardo POR 246
Ward, James GBR 252
Estrella, Victor DOM 280
Groth, Samuel AUS 286
McClune, Michael USA 297
Statham, Jose (Rubin) NZL 305

minh
05-12-2010, 03:45 AM
FB of Kei : Won my first round tonight in the Sarasota Challenger. Now on my way to have a little dinner with Glenn and Olli. Play again tomorrow night at 6:30pm

*bunny*
05-12-2010, 03:59 AM
Well done, Kei!! :yeah:

Thanx to WhyMaratWhy? and Rafkei for livescoring! :worship:
I was aware when the match started but that was the busiest time for me in the morning, getting ready to get to work (and I'm completely useless in the morning! :o).

Glad Kei didn't have to spend a long time on court. His next opponent, Tim Smyczek, came through to the second round after Dent retired injured (Again! Poor guy...). He's ranked 202, but I hope Kei won't have many problems!
Good luck, Kei! :D

*bunny*
05-12-2010, 04:01 AM
Everybody, Does anyone know whether Kei will play RG or not?? i see Kei is on entry list Carson challenger in USA, this challenger is the same time with RG.
Minh, read the last 2-3 pages of the news thread, we've discussed how his schedule would pan out in the next few weeks. The answer is, we don't know exactly what will happen yet!

minh
05-12-2010, 04:02 AM
Minh, read the last 2-3 pages of the news thread, we've discussed how his schedule would pan out in the next few weeks. The answer is, we don't know exactly what will happen yet!
OK, thanks,

*bunny*
05-12-2010, 09:42 AM
Found this story just now. :)

http://www.bradenton.com/2010/05/12/2278147/nishikori-gets-career-back-on.html

Nishikori gets career back on trackBradenton resident goes for second tourney win in a row at Sarasota Open
By JASON DILL - jdill@bradenton.com


LONGBOAT KEY — Kei Nishikori said he felt pain in his right elbow in January 2009.

Yet Nishikori tried to continue to play with it before stopping last April after the pain became unbearable.

“I took MRI’s almost ten times,” he said. “And I couldn’t find a reason why it was painful.”

Nishikori’s road to recovery — and getting back on the path toward the tennis elite — was on hand Tuesday night at The Sarasota Open.

The clay-court Challenger Circuit tournament played at the Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens showcased Nishikori in the featured night match on center court.

The Bradenton resident dispatched 17-year-old Vamsee Chappidi in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching him play, so it’s nice to play him,” said Chappidi, also of Bradenton, before the match.

He sure saw the complete package in Nishikori, who at one point reached No. 56 in the world.

Now the Japanese native is rebuilding his tennis game brick-by-brick.

The pain he suffered in his right elbow brought Nishikori self-doubt following his surgery last September.

The kind of uncertainty that can cause even the toughest competitor to lose mental strength.

Nishikori could only raise his arm slightly to the point where swinging a racquet was the last thing to worry about during his rehabilitation.

“It was really tough,” he said. “It was the first surgery for me. A long time, I didn’t play tennis ... mentally I was, like, dead. I couldn’t play tennis.”

Nishikori said he thought he might not ever play tennis again.

However, the right-hander’s determination and work ethic are persevering as he attempts to regain his lost form — where his world ranking has dipped to No. 345.

The Bee Gees’ song, Stayin’ Alive, blared during his warm-ups — a fitting musical choice considering how much remains for Nishikori to get back on track. He is looking to win for the second consecutive week after taking down the Challenger Tour’s tournament in Savannah last week.

Of course the song could also remind people that Nishikori isn’t just a tennis player.

He’s a bona fide rock star in the tennis world back in the Land of the Rising Sun.

There were murmurs that 3,000 people were expected to stop in downtown Tokyo during Nishikori’s opening round to watch the live scoring from the ATP Tour’s website.

That’s serious celebrity pull for the 20-year-old, who trains at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy with coach Glenn Weiner.

“They fixate on some athletes, like Ichiro,” said Weiner about the popularity of Japanese athletes in Japan. “They’ve got some swimmers, and they’ve got some other solid athletes. And Kei is one of the most popular tennis athletes, and tennis is kind of a big deal there.”

Nishikori will take on Tim Smyczek, who earned a first-round victory over tournament No.1-seed Taylor Dent Monday after Dent retired due to an injury, in the second round today.

That match is scheduled to start no earlier than 6:30 p.m. as the featured match on center court.

--------------------------
Slight misunderstanding about the Japanese people watching livesores there... :lol: People are usually at home watching their PC when livescoring...not in down town. lol.
And bona fide rock star? ...well not quite, although he's very popular!

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:36 AM
Nice story. I can't imagine how will it be if Kei enters the top 100 and start competing against top players maybe Japan would go pandomonium ;-)

I hope Kei plays here in South East Asia, i would try my best to go one of his matches if ever :D

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:39 AM
Live scores: Kei just won the first set 6-4 against Smyczek

2nd set tied 1-1 but Kei has a break point 40-Ad

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:40 AM
Kei just broke serve (via opponent's double fault) to go ahead 2-1 in the second set - Cmon Kei!

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 12:41 AM
Mornin' Rafkei! :wavey:

I have to go now but just came to say hi, and good luck to Kei! :D

He's a set and a break up, YAY!! :yippee:

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:42 AM
First set stats for Kei: 1 ace, 81% first serve points won, 73% 2nd serve points won

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:43 AM
Hi Bunny good morning as well - will take care of live scoring - Yeah Kei's up a set

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 12:43 AM
3-1* :)

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:44 AM
Yap its 3-1 now for Kei - Cmon Kei break or just hold your serve

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 12:45 AM
Thanx, Rafkei! I can be here for another 5 minutes.
I meant to get up an hour early because his match was scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. local time, which is 7:30 a.m. here, but couldn't! :o

Looks like Kei hasn't faced a BP yet, which is good! :)

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:46 AM
Smyczek holds serve, second set: 3-2

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:48 AM
We have the same time its also 7:30 am here - but im already at work ;-) Yeah so far no break points for Kei - but his trailing 0-15 on his serve - erase its now 15 all hahaha

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 12:49 AM
30-30....

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:50 AM
Kei manage to hold serve leads 4-2

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 12:50 AM
Wow Rafkei, you start work so early!
So you can finish early as well?

I think I have to go now, thanks for keeping the score updated! :worship:
Cya! :wavey:

Kei, please win in straight sets! :yeah:

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:54 AM
Smyczek holds serve again trails 4-3 - ok Kei hold serve again!

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 12:59 AM
Wow Rafkei, you start work so early!
So you can finish early as well?

I think I have to go now, thanks for keeping the score updated! :worship:
Cya! :wavey:

Kei, please win in straight sets! :yeah:

Its a fixed schedule Bunny so no choice :angel:

Ok take care Bunny - yeah i also hope Kei wins in 2 :D

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 01:00 AM
Kei holds he's leading the 2nd set 5-3 cmon Kei just one more game

Smyczek serving to stay in the match, its 30-15 on his serve

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 01:01 AM
2 games points for Smyczek - looks like he is going to hold for 5-4. Kei needs to win the match on his serve

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 01:01 AM
Looks not its deuce

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 01:02 AM
Advantage Kei, 1st match point

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 01:03 AM
Yay :wavey: Kei breaks and wins the match 6-4 6-3 :angel:

That's what im talking about!!!! :wavey: Congrats Kei! You're on a roll! :worship:

misty1
05-13-2010, 01:04 AM
a 6-4, 6-3 win for kei:)

i'm not really sure how that 6-3 happened because last time i checked smyczek was up 40-15 at 3-5 but good job kei

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 01:05 AM
Looks like he is serving well - did not face any break point on his serve

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 01:10 AM
Looks like Kei will play B. Rodriguez who defeated Kevin Kim 6-2 6-3. Dunno anything about him though.

minh
05-13-2010, 02:03 AM
congratulation Kei :)

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 03:09 AM
Good job again, Kei! :D

From Facebook:
Won tonight. Play quarters at 2pm. Fun to play infront of my local friends.

He will face LL Bruno Rodorigues of Mexico, who upset the sixth seed Kevin Kim 6-2 6-3.
Good luck! :yeah:

kinokino
05-13-2010, 04:08 AM
Congrats Kei!
:banana:
Thanks Rafkei! :wavey:

Rafkei
05-13-2010, 04:19 AM
Congrats Kei!
:banana:
Thanks Rafkei! :wavey:

You're welcome Kinokino! :D

Good draw for Kei so far :D

makannmi17
05-13-2010, 05:59 AM
Nice win Kei! Another title would be sooooooo nice! :)

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 06:18 AM
There were a few changes in the draw before the tournament started because the 3rd seed Carsten Ball withdrew after the draw was made. It's a bit late but I have updated the draw in the top post.

*bunny*
05-13-2010, 03:28 PM
OOP for Thursday. :)

CENTER COURT start 11:00am
[Q] M Reid (AUS) vs [4] B Dabul (ARG)
[WC] B Reynolds (USA) vs [6] R Sweeting (USA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
K Nishikori (JPN) vs [LL] B Rodriguez (MEX)

Not Before 4:30 PM
[4] B Battistone (USA) / R Deheart (USA) vs B Dabul (ARG) / J Fruttero (USA)

Not Before 6:30 PM
[Q] D Garza (MEX) vs [2] J Levine (USA)

Just to remind you guys OOP is on top page of the official site every day.
http://www.sarasotaopen.org/home.php

2 p.m. ...... mmmm that's going to be 3 a.m. my time! :(
I'll probably go to bed by then, right now I'm already pretty tired I don't know if I can stay up for Rafa's match in Madrid, which should start soon...! :o

Good luck, Kei! :yeah:

willoughby
05-13-2010, 08:31 PM
another Kei fan here :D

Kei's match just started, and he already broke Rodriguez's serve. *2-0 for Kei


Edit: Nishikori 5-0* after only 20 minutes :yeah:

willoughby
05-13-2010, 09:28 PM
Kei wins easily (6-1 6-2) and will play the semifinals tomorrow against Sweeting

can't wait to see him at bigger events :D

misty1
05-13-2010, 10:24 PM
good luck against sweeting tommorrow kei
have a feeling he might want revenge for last week

Rafkei
05-14-2010, 12:55 AM
Congrats Kei! So its a rematch with Sweeting, hmmm i hope Kei wins again!

Goodluck!:D

Thanks for the updates Willoughby and welcome here in Kei's forum! :wavey:

*bunny*
05-14-2010, 02:40 AM
Welcome Willoughby! :wavey:

Good luck, Kei, in SF! :yeah:

makannmi17
05-14-2010, 08:46 AM
Go Kei!

chewy
05-14-2010, 02:19 PM
Many thanks to those who post live scores here. Interesting rematch against Sweeting so soon after last week.

I think Rafkei mentioned before wanting to see Kei's match in person, well I can't agree more...wish he'll come play in Sydney or Melbourne and I'll definitely go and watch his matches.

*bunny*
05-14-2010, 05:03 PM
Two reviews of QFs (with focus on Rodrigues and Sweeting)

http://www.bradenton.com/2010/05/14/2284742/sarasota-opens-lucky-loser-falls.html
Sarasota Open’s lucky loser falls
By JASON DILL - jdill@bradenton.com

LONGBOAT KEY — When Bruno Rodriguez lost in The Sarasota Open’s qualifying finals; he didn’t pack up and catch the next flight out of Sarasota/Bradenton International.
Rather, Rodriguez showed up to the “war room” on the main draw’s first day and received word from tournament director Tony Driscoll that he’d be taking Carsten Ball’s spot in the singles portion of the $50,000 purse event.
Ball withdrew due to Davis Cup traveling, which paved the way for Rodriguez to become a “lucky loser.”
The term refers to an alternate taking the original spot of a player that withdrew prior to the main draw beginning.

“When I went off the court and I lost, the first thing the tournament director told me was, ‘Bruno, you’re a lucky loser — the first lucky loser,’” said Rodriguez prior to Thursday’s match. “So I was happy for sure.”

He made the most of the chance to show his tennis game on the clay courts at Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens.
Rodriguez opened with a victory over Jesse Witten, and then upset tournament No. 5-seed Kevin Kim.

That meant the 23-year-old Rodriguez, who hails from Mexico, would see Japanese sensation and former world No. 56-ranked Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.

Nishikori defeated Rodriguez 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.

“He was good on ground strokes. He had a good forehand, and it was tough to return his serves,” said Nishikori, a Bradenton resident, after the match.

Despite the loss, Rodriguez’ demeanor doesn’t show defeat.

“You never know what tennis can give you,” he said. “Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win, and you never know when it is your week.”

Like so many professional tennis players, Rodriguez picked up the sport at an early age back in Queretaro, Mexico.
He said his mother and grandmother, both named Hilde Billerbeck, taught him the finer points as former tennis players.
He didn’t waver from the decision to play the sport, even though Mexico is a huge soccer hotbed.
That urge never crept into his mind, Rodriguez said.
However, he did pick up another individual sport — golf — but Rodriguez said he opted for tennis when he was 12 years old.

“When I was 12 years old, I decided that golf was too slow for me,” he said. “(Tennis was) a little bit more faster, and more physical. ... I still enjoy golf, but more like a hobby.”

Good decision, as Rodriguez continued to polish his game, which eventually led to turning pro in 2005.
And he’s progressed up the tennis pyramid, beginning with lots of Future tournaments, before focusing on Challenger Series events this year.
Currently, he’s ranked No. 409 in the world.
And even though he was knocked out of the tournament Thursday, there’s still a chance for The Sarasota Open title to head to Mexico.

Countrymen Daniel Garza provided an upset to No. 2-seeded (and world No. 108) Jesse Levine in the featured night match 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to move into today’s semifinals, which begin at noon with a doubles match.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100514/ARTICLE/5141043/2050/SPORTS?Title=Sweeting-survives-to-reach-semis

Sweeting survives to reach semis
Cramping can't keep him from rematch with Nishikori
By Mic Huber
Published: Friday, May 14, 2010 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9:32 p.m.

LONGBOAT KEY - Ryan Sweeting is proud of the way his tennis game has matured, how he is learning to work points instead of just hitting the ball as hard as he can.

“I think I am starting to play smarter points,” he said about the growth of his game that has resulted in a climb to a career-high ranking of No. 124.

Yet Thursday, with muscles cramping with every step he took, Sweeting had little choice but to revert to a grip-it and rip-it style to survive another day at the Sarasota Open.
Bobby Reynolds tried to take advantage of Sweeting’s muscle misery, but the former University of Florida player shrugged off his cramping and swung for the fences.

“Once you start cramping, your options are pretty much limited,” Sweeting said. “You are not going to be able to work the points the way you want and play the smart way. You are pretty much going to have to go for your shots and hope they are going to go in.”

Enough fell in Thursday to enable Sweeting to limp off the courts at The Tennis Gardens with a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 win to earn a rematch with Kei Nishikori today in the semifinals of the men’s $50,000 USTA professional event.

“Luckily I had some shots drop for me, and Bobby made a few unforced errors and I was lucky enough to pull through,” said Sweeting, a 22-year-old who has dealt with muscle cramps, as well as criticism, in the past.

Sweeting had a trainer work on his legs during the changeovers, then he swung away at almost any ball that came over the net. The strategy sent Sweeting into the semifinals against Nishikori, a player he faced in the final last week in Savannah.
Even though Sweeting lost that match 6-4, 6-0, he swears he is playing the best tennis of his career and is eager to have another shot at the sensation from Japan who is on an eight-match win streak and appears ready to head back to the ATP Tour.

“I know he is playing well this week. I know I have my work cut out for me,” Sweeting said. “I am going to try and change a few things. I want to be aggressive.
“This is the best tennis I have played in my life. It has taken time to get there, but I have been working hard.”

Sweeting, who was born in the Bahamas but has lived in Fort Lauderdale since the age of 12, won the 18-Under national title and also the U.S. Open junior title in 2005. Though he has shown flashes of promise, there have been whispers that while he could hit jaw-dropping shots, he probably went for too many of them.

“I try not to think about what people think my weaknesses are,” Sweeting said. “I just try to think about what I can do to beat them.”

He admits that he is finally learning that most of the time, Thursday notwithstanding, the right shot is better than the flamboyant shot.

“I am playing smarter. I am not going for stupid shots,” he said. “I am working the point the right way.
“My opponents aren’t used to that I guess. They are used to me going for winners and getting a lot of unforced errors on me. I am trying to make everyone work for the point and not give them free points.”

The strategy has paid dividends this year. Sweeting won a Challenger event in Houston, has had a couple nice matches in ATP Tour events and beat Reynolds last week on his way to the final against Nishikori last week.
Reynolds, 27, a crafty veteran who is not afraid to get down and dirty on the clay, may have let the match get away in the first set when he failed to close out a game that he led 40-15 on his serve. A rare double-fault gave Sweeting a break point chance, and he converted. The set eventually went to a tiebreaker and Sweeting took a big swing on a forehand to take the tiebreaker 7-3.
Reynolds got the service break he needed in the sixth game of the second set and held on to even the match. The two stayed on serve in the third set until the eighth game. Reynolds, trying to take advantage of Sweeting’s obvious distress, got burned trying to hit a drop shot. Sweeting ran it down, got the break he needed, then swung away in the final game of the match.

“It is not easy to play against someone who is hurt or cramping because your mindset changes,” Sweeting said. “You are not going to be as aggressive as you were because you are thinking that all you have to do is get the ball in, and that the other guys won’t be able to get to it.”

Sweeting thought just the opposite. He knew he had to just go for it.
Sometimes reverting to old habits has its rewards.

*bunny*
05-14-2010, 05:04 PM
ORDER OF PLAY - FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010
CENTER COURT start 12:00 Noon
[1] T Huey (PHI) / H Mankad (IND) vs [4] B Battistone (USA) / R Deheart (USA)

Not Before 1:30 PM
[4] B Dabul (ARG) vs [Q] D Garza (MEX)
[Q] G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER) vs [2] K Hensel (AUS) / A Hubble (AUS)

Not Before 6:30 PM
K Nishikori (JPN) vs [6] R Sweeting (USA)

You can do it, Kei! Good luck! :yeah:

why,marat,why?
05-14-2010, 11:58 PM
Kei is 3-1 up early. Sweeting to serve.

Hey everybody!

why,marat,why?
05-15-2010, 12:06 AM
Back on serve...3-3.

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 12:19 AM
Mornin', why,marat,why!

Kei is serving for the set *5-4! :D

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 12:21 AM
6-4. :)

why,marat,why?
05-15-2010, 12:21 AM
First set to Kei 6-4!

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 12:29 AM
Already a break up in the second set. *1-0
Hope he can hold onto it!

...argh deuce.

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 12:30 AM
2-0* Phew! :)

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 12:46 AM
Kei breaks again and will be serving for the match! *5-2 :D

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 12:49 AM
2 Mp!

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 12:50 AM
6-4 6-2!!

Second final in as many weeks! :yippee:

Good luck against Dabul! :yeah:

why,marat,why?
05-15-2010, 12:50 AM
Good work Kei! A solid win in just over an hour. Haha he owns Sweeting.

Rafkei
05-15-2010, 01:07 AM
Wow this is really great Kei! That's 9 consecutive wins in a row! And he hasn't lost a set this week right? Good job Kei!

Rafkei
05-15-2010, 01:09 AM
Good work Kei! A solid win in just over an hour. Haha he owns Sweeting.

Yeah its 2 in a row against Sweeting! Well at lease he's got the RG wildcard :D

misty1
05-15-2010, 01:15 AM
god win for kei:worship:
and good luck in the final tommorrow

chewy
05-15-2010, 02:15 AM
Great stuff from Kei...only if watching live tennis is more accessible.
Kei FTW! :rocker2:

Rafkei
05-15-2010, 03:38 AM
Great stuff from Kei...only if watching live tennis is more accessible.
Kei FTW! :rocker2:

I agree Chewy, i hope there's at lease video clips of the match so we can see Kei's play. Live Tennis matches in TV right now is decreasing, only the majors and other big ATP events are being shown live and you only get to see the "elite" players.

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 06:26 AM
From Facebook: :)

I am in the finals tomorrow! Wom my match tonight in 2 sets again, played well. Just got home as I had a nice dinner at my favorite Italian place with my team after the match.

Have a good rest tonight and good luck tomorrow, Kei! ;)

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 06:30 AM
:)

http://www.bradenton.com/2010/05/15/2287341/speed-skill-lead-local-player.html

Speed, skill lead local player into Open final
By JASON DILL - jdill@bradenton.com

LONGBOAT KEY — The oohs and ahs rang out from the packed crowd.

With every drop shot, every backhand winner down the line and every gravity-defying lunge toward a ridiculously angled effort, the crowd fixated on center court gasped in amazement.

Yes, Kei Nishikori is that good.

And yes, he is that fast.

The Japanese native and Bradenton resident made quick work in his semifinal victory over American Ryan Sweeting 6-4, 6-2 in Friday’s featured night match of The Sarasota Open at Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens in part because of his speed around the clay surface.

“That’s one of my weapons because I’m a small guy,” said the 5-foot-10 Nishikori, who was ranked No. 56 in the world in early 2009.

Even Nick Bollettieri was in attendance and likened the quickness in Nishikori’s feet and hands to Andre Agassi as Nishikori continues his journey back from an elbow injury that sidelined him for about a year.

“I think he feels much more relieved that the injury is not hampering him,” Bollettieri said. “And remember when you come back from an injury, you have to get to over the mental part. That’s not that easy. He seems to be getting over that. But his movement is impeccable. His shot-making is impeccable.”

Sweeting attempted numerous drop shots, and Nishikori appeared faster than lightning in getting to them.

Then, midway through the first set with the duo locked in a close match, Sweeting seemed unnerved when a cell phone went off in the crowd.

Nishikori, however, remained focused on the task at hand.

He ran off the remaining games in the set, then steamrolled the second for a straight sets victory — his second straight win over Sweeting in as many weeks (the pair played in the Challenger Tour’s final in Savannah).

In the first semifinal, Brian Dabul ended Daniel Garza’s bid to become the second straight champion to have gone through the qualifying draw and then capture the title.

Dabul utilized his clay court game to perfection against a visibly tired Garza, who had a quick turnaround a day removed from taking down tournament No. 2 seed Jesse Levine in Thursday’s featured night match in a three-set marathon.

“It’s tough, because I’m done with the match, like, at 9:30 (p.m.),” Garza said. “It’s, like, not easy. ... I have a lot of pain in my arm. ... I played, like seven matches in five days.”

Dabul, who hails from Argentina and is a former No. 1-ranked junior player, said he’s playing really well this week.

“I’m having a really good year,” said the 26-year-old, who will look for his third Challenger Tour title this year in the finals today.

The doubles final kicks off the last day at The Sarasota Open with play beginning at 11 a.m. today. The top two seeds both fell Friday.

The German team of Gero Kretschmer and Alex Satschko, who won a qualifier just to enter the main draw, knocked off No. 2-seeded Kaden Hensel and Adam Hubble from Australia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).

They’ll face Americans Brian Battistone and Ryler DeHeart, who defeated No. 1-seeded Treat Conrad Huey and Harsh Mankad 6-3, 5-7, 10-5.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100515/ARTICLE/5151052/2050/SPORTS?Title=Two-players-on-roll-in-final

Two players on roll in final
SARASOTA OPEN: Brian Dabul seeks his third tourney win of the year

By Mic Huber
Published: Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:42 p.m.

LONGBOAT KEY - Brian Dabul was upset last week.

Not upset as in angry. He was upset as in losing his opening-round match to James Ward at Savannah in a tournament where he was seeded No. 3.

"I had a bad week. Lost first round," Dabul said Friday. Not good.

Instead of getting angry, Dabul determined that he needed to work harder. He practiced. Three hours a day, every day, until he got a chance to redeem himself this week at the Sarasota Open.

Redemption complete by exceeding his No. 4 seeding and reaching the championship match here at The Tennis Gardens at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, Dabul now has a higher goal. He wants to take home the title in the $50,000 USTA event.

"I came here to win the tournament," Dabul said after running to a quick 6-1, 6-2 semifinal win over a fatigued Daniel Garza on Friday afternoon.

Dabul is on the cusp of his third tournament win of the year. Standing in his way is the hottest player this side of the ATP Tour. Kei Nishikori, on a nine-match win streak, won a week ago in Savannah and is in position to add the Sarasota tournament title after easily beating Ryan Sweeting 6-4, 6-2 in Friday's other semifinal.

"I am hanging in there," Nishikori said about his run in front of his adopted home town crowd, including a large contingent from IMG Academies in Bradenton. "It is pretty good. I am not thinking about my result. I am just playing one match at a time."

"I know he is a really good player on every surface. He demonstrated last week he won on clay," Dabul said. "I think it is going to be a great match. I am playing really, really good. I am playing with a lot of confidence in myself and my tennis, so we will see."

Dabul, who learned how to play tennis from his father in Argentina, couldn't have played much better Friday, running to a quick 3-0 lead and never in trouble through the match that lasted just over an hour.

"It was really good," Dabul said about getting on and off the court with little trouble. "I think I am improving with each match this week."

Garza admitted that he was worn out from his three-set win over Jesse Levine Thursday night, a match that did not end until 9:23. He also played seven matches this week, winning three just to qualify for the main draw and four more to reach the semifinals.

"It was a great week for me," Garza said. "I just couldn't play today. Too many matches and I had a lot of pain in my arm."

Now 26, Dabul was ranked No. 3 in the world in junior tennis in 2001. He has steadily made his way in professional tennis. The Buenos Aires native has been ranked as high as No. 82 and is now ranked No. 132.

Nishikori has been ranked as high as No. 56 in the world and is playing like he will be back there soon.

"My serve is much better than last week," Nishikori said. "Speed is my weapon."

Friday his drop shot was a weapon as well, catching Sweeting flat-footed several times.

On the other side, Nishikori ran down several drop shot attempts from Sweeting and turned them into winners in a match where he won 60 of 96 points.

Dabul is eager to see what he can do to combat Nishikori's strengths.

"I think it is going to be a very good battle," said Dabul.

DanaKz
05-15-2010, 06:54 AM
:woohoo:

Ivanatis
05-15-2010, 07:23 AM
:yeah:

kinokino
05-15-2010, 09:38 AM
Good job, Kei! :yippee:

minh
05-15-2010, 11:54 AM
Kei, you are so great :)

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 06:46 PM
Everyone, the match has just started!
Kei serving first.

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 06:54 PM
DF and broken. 0-1* :(

But now BP for Kei! ...deuce...adv. Dabul...*0-2 :sad:

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 06:57 PM
1-2*

Up your first serve percentage, Kei! (Now only 30%...)

*bunny*
05-15-2010, 07:06 PM
*1-3 :(

Dabul has better results on hc than on clay, but he's an Argie, probably a lot tougher than average Amaerican hardcorters on this surface...

OK, 2-3* with an ace on game point. :)
Now break back!