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2010 US Open Main Draw! Kei Returns to Flushing Meadows

*bunny*
08-29-2010, 12:51 AM
Kei is in Soderling's section in Federer's quarter in the bottom half.

Albert Montanes ESP (21) v Michal Przysiezny POL
Carsten Ball AUS v Milos Raonic CAN
Kei Nishikori JPN v Evgeny Korolev KAZ
Illya Marchenko UKR v Marin Cilic CRO (11)

Official site:
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/index.html

Good luck!! :yeah:

*bunny*
08-29-2010, 12:53 AM
OOP for Monday, August 30

Court 13 11:00
Kei Nishikori(JPN) vs. Evgeny Korolev(KAZ)
Ivan Dodig(CRO) vs. Fernando Gonzalez(CHI)[27]
Marion Bartoli(FRA)[13] vs. Edina Gallovits(ROU)
Vania King(USA) vs. Christina McHale(USA)

GANBATTE! KEI!! :yippee:

minh
08-29-2010, 05:00 AM
good luck Kei

DanaKz
08-29-2010, 05:05 AM
yeah!!!! So happy he quallified! Good luck Kei :bounce:

Papakori
08-29-2010, 03:49 PM
Good luck :bounce:

kinokino
08-30-2010, 12:03 AM
Good luck, Kei! :yippee:

chewy
08-30-2010, 12:09 PM
Kei's scheduled early so I hope it will be on a show court.
should start at 1am for me which is not too bad, I really want to watch the match.

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 02:36 PM
I think there will be streaming somewhere since Court 13 is a TV court.
The match will be shown on TV here of course, but I don't know if I can post much about it because I'll also have to focus on JCF's match that takes place at the same time! Sorry!! :o

Good luck, Kei!

DanaKz
08-30-2010, 02:54 PM
Seems like I'll get strabismus some day with all tjis Grand Slam tennis. One match on TV, second via online stream, 1 SlamTracker and three message boards to discuss.
Oh and Twitter of course.
:lol:

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:06 PM
Keeps you busy Dana, eh? :lol:

Kei and Korolev practicing. Kei is wearing a wihte headband.
It looks very sunny and hot out there.

chewy
08-30-2010, 03:11 PM
How do you manage all that DanaKz!? :)

Good luck to your other favs bunny. Well it's on!

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:26 PM
*3-0 :D

Korolev was 40-15 in the third game.
There was a great return winner from Kei in this game.
Already 3 DFs from Korolev.

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:29 PM
Two frame shots in a row by Kei and one break back to Korolve. :o

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:33 PM
Korolev survives 2 BPs and holds.

Kei leads *3-2.

DanaKz
08-30-2010, 03:38 PM
OMG what's wrong with kei's serve!!!!!

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:39 PM
Korolev levels to 3-3* :o

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:40 PM
At first Korolev was making so many UEs, and from game 4 Kei started making more UEs while Korolev started settling down.

C'mon Kei!!!

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:45 PM
4-4* :)
First ace of the match for Kei in this game.

Lots of cheers for Kei from the stand.

chewy
08-30-2010, 03:45 PM
strange huh, a nice start from Kei sitting on a 3 game lead then it swings back to Korolev winning 3 games straight...now 4-4

chewy
08-30-2010, 03:46 PM
critical game here

DanaKz
08-30-2010, 03:47 PM
Kei's bp conversion is just awful.

chewy
08-30-2010, 03:49 PM
yeah there's a good crowd of Kei supporters out there

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:55 PM
Korolev holds from 15-40. :(

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 03:59 PM
Kei holds to love. :) 5-5*

chewy
08-30-2010, 04:08 PM
the ninja's throwing down the aces...

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:08 PM
Kei's TB record is perfect these days! :)

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:09 PM
Set Kei! 7-6(0) :bounce:

chewy
08-30-2010, 04:10 PM
Yes! Kei takes the 1st set 7-6(0)

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:13 PM
Korolev called for a trainer.

DanaKz
08-30-2010, 04:14 PM
Read my will:
When I die write on my tombstone: "Nishikori killed her!"
All my money goes to "Nishikori's serve victims foundation for heart diceases".

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:14 PM
It seems it's his right wrist.

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:16 PM
Read my will:
When I die write on my tombstone: "Nishikori killed her!"
All my money goes to "Nishikori's serve victims foundation for heart diceases".
:lol:
I need some help from that foundation as well!

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:30 PM
Kei is serving really well.
2-1*

Matt H
08-30-2010, 04:33 PM
Kei is looking solid!

This is a match between two very handsome players. :) Easy on the eyes...

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:39 PM
Kei breaks! *4-2

Now I can focus on this match 100% because JCF already won his match! :lol: :p

*bunny*
08-30-2010, 04:42 PM
Korolev retired!

Kei won 7-6(0) 5-2.

DanaKz
08-30-2010, 04:47 PM
Congrats to Kwi.
i am a little bit frustrated now with Soderling... It's awful...

misty1
08-30-2010, 05:26 PM
Good job KEI!!!!!!!!!

so happy he won

but at the same time poor evgeny:sad:

DanaKz
08-30-2010, 09:01 PM
Phew. Robin closed his match, now i can forget of it and celebrate Kei's win! :woohoo:

Rafkei
08-31-2010, 12:29 AM
Hi Guys! Just got back from vacation, no online access since then.

I'm so happy Kei qualified and now he won his 1st Round Match! :D

So its Cilic next, that'll be a tough one, but i think he is beatable!

Good luck Kei!

kinokino
08-31-2010, 10:39 AM
Thanks for the live posting!
Good job, Kei :yeah:
Keep it up!!!

chewy
08-31-2010, 10:57 AM
Hi Guys! Just got back from vacation, no online access since then.

I'm so happy Kei qualified and now he won his 1st Round Match! :D

So its Cilic next, that'll be a tough one, but i think he is beatable!

Good luck Kei!

:wavey: Rafkei, perfect timing! I wish I can have some time off work for a vacation...probably not till Christmas

I'm happy Kei is thru to another round but it's a bit of a bummer the match ended this way.
I really want to watch the next match, cause I don't know what to expect with this matchup.

Rafkei
09-01-2010, 12:00 AM
:wavey: Rafkei, perfect timing! I wish I can have some time off work for a vacation...probably not till Christmas

I'm happy Kei is thru to another round but it's a bit of a bummer the match ended this way.
I really want to watch the next match, cause I don't know what to expect with this matchup.

Yeah we had a long weekend, last week so i'd just take the opportunity. Hope you'll get one soon!

I was able to watch his first round match, and i agree that it is a little bit disappointing that the match ended that way, but still i'll take it as long as Kei advanced. I hope they show Kei's next match, after all it is a battle of the youngsters! :D

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 10:08 AM
Bollettieri going a bit overboard but I hope he is spot on with his prediction! :lol:

http://nickstennispicks.com/

Nick's Picks

Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Marin Cilic (CRO)

Nishikori, who trains at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, had his coming out party at the US Open in 2008 when he reached the fourth round and took out a couple of high seeds. In 2009 he was hampered by injuries, but he is feeling healthy again and is brimming with confidence. He advanced to the second round when Evgeny Korolev retired in the second set.

Cilic beat Illya Marchenko in straight sets in the first round to reach the second round of the US Open for the third time in his career. He was a quarterfinalist last year, but has had mixed results this summer as he lost in the first round two times (Canada and Cincinnati) and reached the semis once (Washington DC).

Match-Up:

Cilic is 1-0 against Nishikori, beating him back in 2008 at Indian Wells. Cilic plays aggressive at all times. He has a booming serve, killer forehand and very consisntent backhand. He is a big boy and he moves well for his size. I don’t think he has reached his full potential yet and there could be even brighter days ahead for him. Nishikori looked very good against Korolev – he controlled the court with his outstanding movement and footwork forcing Korolev to hit an extra shot or two. He can take the ball on the rise extremely well and understands what it takes to win at this level. This match will be decided by how well Nishikori can return Cilic’s serve. If he returns it well, this is going to be one heck of a match. I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes either way, but I am going to go with the upset and pick my boy Kei!

Nick’s Pick – Picking the upset here and going with Nishikori in 4 sets


http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen10/columns/story?columnist=tandon_kamakshi&id=5514317

Hopefuls plagued by growing pains
By Kamakshi Tandon
Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Juan Martin del Potro's victory at the U.S. Open last year signaled that a new generation night be ready to make its mark in the men's game, a feeling that only intensified when fellow 21-year-old Marin Cilic reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in January.

But 12 months after his big win, del Potro finds himself unable to defend his title after having wrist surgery in May. His contemporaries have also failed to have much of an impact. Are any of them ready to step up over the next two weeks?

Two of the leading hopes will face off in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday when Cilic meets 20-year-old Kei Nishikori. Both have displayed their potential here in the past. Nishikori reached the fourth round in 2008 at 18, losing to del Potro in an entertaining contest. Cilic gave Novak Djokovic a scare in 2008 and made the quarterfinals last year, losing to del Potro after defeating Andy Murray. But these early indications of promise have yet to fully materialize.

Instead of building on his stellar start to the season, Cilic has been up and down -- with the odd highlight, but also with several first-round losses, including at Wimbledon as well as the Toronto and Cincinnati Masters leading up to the U.S. Open.

Tall, serious and hard-working, Cilic idolized Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic growing up but has said his personality is the "opposite" of the mercurial Croatian hero.

Instead of smashing rackets like Ivanisevic, the 6-foot-6 big-serving Cilic is philosophical about his season so far. "I was trying to do everything I could to become better and do better, but unfortunately things were not going as great as in the beginning of the year," he told ESPN.com. "But I take that as a good experience.

"It takes also a lot of courage to come through that, and when everything is going well it's always easy to play, but when things are not as good, it's important to stay in it and to fight there."

He will not elaborate upon what has plagued him, only saying: "It was mentally some things [that] didn't click the way they should, and it's tougher to get the right result.

"I hope that this period, after that, is going to make me stronger and better and I'm going to bounce back up."

Nishikori's troubles have been physical. He missed almost a year with problems in his right elbow, eventually undergoing surgery last August and returning this February. "I couldn't move my right elbow for two, three weeks," he said of undergoing surgery. "It was really tough moment. I started hitting with [my left hand], doing rehab."

The only positive was that it allowed the oft-homesick prodigy to return home to Japan for his first extended stay since moving to Florida to train at 14.

He has won three challengers since, including Binghamton three weeks ago, but his first-round win at the U.S. Open was only his second ATP-level win of the year. But he says he's now feeling "100 percent" and is ready for more, having come through qualifying and earned a quick first-round win when his opponent retired.

"I started winning challengers and get some confidence tennis-wise and body-wise, too," said the speedy 5-10 Nishikori, adding that the injury has made him take greater pains to try to stay healthy from now on. "I start thinking more of my body. All the little things, I start doing it -- all the stretch[es], taking care of my body."

Cilic and Nishikori are anticipating a tough faceoff when they meet Wednesday, and both enjoy competing at Flushing Meadows. "This [Grand Slam] is the toughest one because conditions are varying from day to day and it's really windy, gets as hot as today, you can play during the night," Cilic said. "It's not easy to adjust, but I like it."

Nishikori, who has admitted being "scared" of locals when he first moved to the United States, has come to enjoy the atmosphere. "I like this court and the balls," he said, adding, "I like the situation here. People are nice here. Loud crowd, it's fun."

Nearby in the draw is another 21-year-old trying to put growing pains behind him. Thiemo de Bakker is a 6-5 Dutchman that Cilic is familiar with from his junior days. De Bakker was the No. 1 junior in 2006 and collected a slew of minor league titles at this time last year. This season, he has begun to make an impact at the ATP level, collecting his first top-10 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his way to reaching the semifinals in Barcelona and making the semifinals at New Haven last week.

Tight-lipped and sometimes moody, de Bakker only began to pursue tennis seriously at 17 or 18, having coasted through the juniors. "I didn't really work for it," he told ESPN.com earlier this year. "Everything went too easy so I didn't want to practice hard. And from that moment I really started to practice."

He has not taken on a full-time coach, working with Rohan Goetzke of the Dutch tennis federation and Mats Merkel from the adidas player-development program.

The older and mid-20-somethings -- led by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray -- are setting the pace for the competition at this year's U.S. Open. But a year after del Potro struck the first blow for the young guard, a group of slightly older, slightly wiser up-and-comers are hoping to follow in his footsteps.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 10:20 AM
First up on Court 13, which is a TV court. :)

Court 13
11:00 AM
Kei Nishikori(JPN) vs. Marin Cilic(CRO)[11]
Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU)[25] vs. Sofia Arvidsson(SWE)
Kevin Anderson(RSA) vs. Thomaz Bellucci(BRA)[26]
Agnieszka Radwanska(POL)[9] vs. Shuai Peng(CHN)


Kei said on Japanese TV that he couldn't be as offensive as he wanted to be against Korolev early on because the guy hits so flat and deep.
But at 5-6 in the first set he decided to step up and play more aggressively and it worked.
He thinks return of serve will be the key against Cilic and if he can handle that he has a chance.

According to his blog on Wednesday he went out to have a Chinese dinner. Apparently his favourite dim sum is 小龍包 (shao long bao). :)

Good luck, Kei! :yippee:

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:15 PM
Kei to serve first.

C'moooonn!!

15-15

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:17 PM
Ace, 30-15
Cilic BH wide 40-15
DF 40-30...
Cilic BH down the line 40-40 :unsure:

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:18 PM
Ace out wide! Adv Kei

Kei holds. :) 1-0*

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:25 PM
Cilic starts with 2 DFs!

But now 30-30

Net cord ball doesn't go over the net and adv Kei! :D

Kei's FH just long... deuce...Cilic holds. 1-1

Both players a bit tight, particularly Cilico

chewy
09-02-2010, 03:26 PM
First up on Court 13, which is a TV court. :)

Court 13
11:00 AM
Kei Nishikori(JPN) vs. Marin Cilic(CRO)[11]
Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU)[25] vs. Sofia Arvidsson(SWE)
Kevin Anderson(RSA) vs. Thomaz Bellucci(BRA)[26]
Agnieszka Radwanska(POL)[9] vs. Shuai Peng(CHN)


Kei said on Japanese TV that he couldn't be as offensive as he wanted to be against Korolev early on because the guy hits so flat and deep.
But at 5-6 in the first set he decided to step up and play more aggressively and it worked.
He thinks return of serve will be the key against Cilic and if he can handle that he has a chance.

According to his blog on Wednesday he went out to have a Chinese dinner. Apparently his favourite dim sum is 小龍包 (shao long bao). :)

Good luck, Kei! :yippee:

小龍包:drool: also one of my favourite Shanghainese cuisine

Go Kei, this match is fun to watch.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:28 PM
Kei holds to love with good serves. :) 2-1*

He is out-acing Cilic so far. lol

chewy
09-02-2010, 03:32 PM
I hope Kei can take advantage of these service errors from Cilic early in the match and secure the break...and he just did!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:32 PM
Hi chewy! :wavey:
I love 小龍包 too. :)

Kei breaks!! :D *3-1

Nice drop shot which Cilic hits long.

chewy
09-02-2010, 03:33 PM
sweet FH winner from Kei!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:35 PM
30-30...

Good serve! 40-30
Kei's serve out wide from deuce court has been great so far.

BH long, deuce...

chewy
09-02-2010, 03:35 PM
Hi chewy! :wavey:
I love 小龍包 too. :)

Kei breaks!! :D *3-1

Nice drop shot which Cilic hits long.

:wavey:

Is Shanghainese food popular in Japan or only the 小龍包?
I don't get to eat it often, which makes it more special.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:36 PM
Another FH winner and adv Kei!

4-1* :D

chewy
09-02-2010, 03:38 PM
everything's on track atm, such a good start from Kei...usually he takes longer to warm up into a match

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:45 PM
:wavey:

Is Shanghainese food popular in Japan or only the 小龍包?
I don't get to eat it often, which makes it more special.
Well, Chinese food in general are very popular here.
There are lots and lots of Chinese restaurants---Shanghanese, Pekinese, Szechuan, etc etc.
Food like 春巻、餃子、炒飯 are staple food at many Japanese households.
But dim sums tend to be much more expensive here than in say Hong Kong (which I love!).

....0-30 :(

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:47 PM
:(
Cilic breaks back. 4-3*

chewy
09-02-2010, 03:49 PM
Cilic is very dangerous player with such a big serve, so I want Kei to get as much cushions as possible!
I want an exciting match but the thought of Kei winning is even greater.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:51 PM
15-40! Break again!!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:52 PM
Good serve...30-40

Return long...deuce :(

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:53 PM
Cilic FH long and adv Kei!

Kei breaks!! :D *5-3

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:56 PM
BH slice into the net... 0-15

Cilic FH long. 15-15

BH into the net 15-30...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 03:58 PM
Cilic return winner. 15-40 :scared:

Nice serve! 30-40

5-4* :((

chewy
09-02-2010, 03:59 PM
Has Kei ever stand so wide on the ad court for a first serve? It just caught my attention, haven't notice it before.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:02 PM
Sp!!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:03 PM
Deuce... :(

chewy
09-02-2010, 04:03 PM
Both players hitting some loose shots...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:04 PM
DF #5 and deuce.

Take your chance, Kei!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:05 PM
SP #2 for Kei!!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:06 PM
Cilic serve + FH combo and deuce. :(

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:10 PM
Ace, then DF. 30-30...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:11 PM
Frame shot and BP to Cilic. :scared:

Broken. Again. :( 5-6*

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:12 PM
Apparently heat policy at work for women's matches.
TV commentators have said that the court side temprature at 11 a.m. was 37.5 C!! :o

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:15 PM
Ace and SP Cilic...

5-7 :(

chewy
09-02-2010, 04:16 PM
Yeah both guys finding the shade every chance they get between points...Kei was leading for much of the set till the last 2 games

DanaKz
09-02-2010, 04:20 PM
Kei - you are Master of Tortures. :banghead:

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:22 PM
Hi Dana, yeah he's really good at agonising us...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:24 PM
DF to start the second set... :o

You know there's no pop in Kei's shots that we are so used to see.
The match is close because Cilic is playing like crap but if the Croat finds his rhythm Kei will be in a big trouble.
Here comes 30-30...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:26 PM
Kei saves a BP and holds. 1-0* Phew!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:29 PM
Beautiful drop shot and BP to Kei! Take it!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:31 PM
Cilic holds. 1-1

I think Cilic has been facing a BP in every service game of his.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:33 PM
0-40 :o

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:36 PM
Phew! Deuce!

Adv Kei with great FH winner

chewy
09-02-2010, 04:39 PM
Good fight back to hold, Kei's serve has improved much compare to when he won his maiden ATP title

and tall people are sooo athletic these days...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:46 PM
Yeah that was a good hold.
Meanwhile Cilic is starting to play a bit better and holds without facing a BP. *2-2

Kei, stop with those BIG drop shots!

chewy
09-02-2010, 04:46 PM
oh that meant to be a drop shot?

chewy
09-02-2010, 04:48 PM
I know, it makes me cringe everytime he does it.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:51 PM
3-2* Escapes another deuce.

chewy
09-02-2010, 04:51 PM
Seems harder to hold now, but Kei manages for 3-2

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:56 PM
0-30 again...

15-30! Phew! Take the next three points!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 04:58 PM
Phew! 3-3

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:01 PM
0-15!

That service return was fab!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:04 PM
4-4

chewy
09-02-2010, 05:07 PM
Cilic's 2nd serve have a quite exaggerated backward arch motion, giving it plenty of kick but maybe also causing the numerous dfs.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:07 PM
At least Kei's serve is good. Ace #6!

And he holds. 5-4*

chewy
09-02-2010, 05:08 PM
Kei infront 5-4....come on ninja!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:09 PM
Cilic's 2nd serve have a quite exaggerated backward arch motion, giving it plenty of kick but maybe also causing the numerous dfs.
Yeah, but apparently when it gets in his kick serve bounces really high and makes it difficult to return.

5-4* Break now and take the set, Kei!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:09 PM
Nice lob! 0-15

chewy
09-02-2010, 05:10 PM
superb lob!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:10 PM
Cilic BH in to the net and 0-30!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:11 PM
2 good serves and 30-30...

chewy
09-02-2010, 05:12 PM
Yeah, but apparently when it gets in his kick serve bounces really high and makes it difficult to return.

5-4* Break now and take the set, Kei!

yeah I can see Kei's trying different approach to return his 2nd serve, stepping forward to take it early and sometimes further back for a full swing.

chewy
09-02-2010, 05:14 PM
noooo...all those bombs when kei had a slight chance!

chewy
09-02-2010, 05:16 PM
gambatte Kei!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:16 PM
Good hold that was.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:20 PM
Tb!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:22 PM
0-2* :(

Hope his good record in TB this season continues...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:24 PM
3-2* :)

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:24 PM
4-2* :)

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:26 PM
*4-3

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:27 PM
4-4 :(

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:27 PM
5-4*

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:28 PM
5-5*

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:29 PM
*5-6 ......

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:30 PM
*6-6!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:31 PM
Nice overrule!

Ace and 7-6* :)

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:32 PM
DF and set kei! :yippee:

chewy
09-02-2010, 05:35 PM
I wish all courts can have hawk eye someday! well maybe atleast all televised courts :)

not flawless like his tb in the 1st round but geez am I happy!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:35 PM
That was Kei's 10th straight TB win!

5-7 7-6(5)

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:40 PM
Jumping BH winner! 30-15 on Cilic serve.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:41 PM
DF #10 for Cilic. Still game point.

He holds. *0-1

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:47 PM
Nice hold from 30-30
1-1*

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:49 PM
Cilic holds to love for the first time in this match.
*1-2

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:53 PM
Kei holds to love too. 2-2*

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 05:57 PM
*2-3

This match is taking so long...I don't mean to call it boring but I'm becoming a bit sleepy, it's 3 a.m. and I got work tomorrow (and I want to wake up for JCF's match later but now I think I probably can't...!). :o

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:01 PM
Another good hold. 3-3*

It's brutal to let them play in this heat!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:07 PM
From 30-0 to 30-30...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:08 PM
Nice serve + FH combo! 40-30

So stop with that drop shot! Deuce

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:09 PM
Adv Cilic :scared:

Broken. :o 3-5*

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:13 PM
Cilic takes the 3rd set. 3-6 :(

Trainer on Kei's side...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:16 PM
Kei received massage on the thigh/abductor area. Hope it's nothing serious.

Kei to serve first in the 4th set.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:23 PM
*1-1

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:26 PM
From 40-0 to 40-30...but Kei holds.

Cilic not happy with the line call. Yeah it looked out to me too.

Trainer at Kei's side again...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:31 PM
Net cord point and BP to Kei!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:32 PM
Deuce...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:33 PM
BH winner and adv Kei!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:34 PM
BH winner for Cilic. Deuce.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:35 PM
Cilic FH into the net. Adv Kei again.

Kei is stretching his legs between points...

Return out. Deuce.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:37 PM
BP #4 for Kei. Take it!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:38 PM
Kei breaks! *3-1

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:41 PM
DF followed by ace #9 followed by DF... :lol: :o

Kei holds. :) 4-1

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:47 PM
0-30 :(

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:48 PM
DF and 0-40. :(

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:49 PM
Cilic breaks back. 4-3* :retard:

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:55 PM
*4-4 :(

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:59 PM
30-40... :sad:

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 06:59 PM
Ace! 40-40

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:01 PM
5-4*!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:09 PM
5-5

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:10 PM
This time it's not Kei who is not happy with the line call.

Well, it's past 4 a.m. and I'm approaching my limit. I will retire for today after this set, win or lose. :o

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:18 PM
6-6!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:20 PM
0-2* :sad: Well, it was the same in the 2nd set!

*1-2 :) Yeah, the same.

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:22 PM
3-2*

4-2* :) :)
Great BH dtl winner!

Hope Kei's not cramping though...

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:25 PM
*4-3

*5-3

6-3* OK, that drop shot was nice! :)

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:25 PM
7-6(3)!!! :d :d :d

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 07:30 PM
OK, Kei please win!

...I will go to bed. :wavey:

misty1
09-02-2010, 07:45 PM
sorry i wasnt here bunny, i was busy with davy

2-0 kei in the 5th set!!!!!

chewy
09-02-2010, 08:14 PM
oh, I have a couple of hours sleep before work...but it was all worth it.(at least it's a friday)
Well done Kei!

misty1
09-02-2010, 08:17 PM
great win kei:worship:

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 08:31 PM
Congrats, Kei!! :woohoo:

...Sorry I couldn't go to bed after all! Was watching TV, lying down on sofa. :lol:

Hope he can recover before the next round. They were both deadmen walking with willpower alone!

*bunny*
09-02-2010, 08:38 PM
One thing that concerns me is, according to his Japanese trainer, Kei apparently has a minor left hip injury. Hope it won't get worse!

Matt H
09-02-2010, 08:42 PM
Great, great gutsy win for the Kei-Man... He managed to maintain his composure and persevere despite his physical problems and the oppressive heat. He should feel very satisfied with this victory.

gare315
09-02-2010, 11:23 PM
Great win, Kei! Hope you can break your record in Flushing!!! See u at KL at the end of the Sep.

kinokino
09-02-2010, 11:43 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
Awesome!!!


Thanks for the live posting, guys! :hug:

Rafkei
09-03-2010, 01:00 AM
Kei won? Oh my god! Im so very happy! :D

We should celebrate! :worship::wavey:

*bunny*
09-03-2010, 01:57 AM
:)

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2010-09-02/201009021283469019415.html

Thursday, September 2, 2010
An interview with:

KEI NISHIKORI

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How are you feeling after that and what has happened to you in the locker room since coming off the court?

KEI NISHIKORI: Uhm, I had a headache. Of course, I played more than five hours and, you know, it was hot day. And I did ice bath after, I did stretch, just rest my body.

Q. You haven't been on an IV or anything like that?

KEI NISHIKORI: No.

Q. Your thoughts about what you were able to do today, persevere in that heat and beat Cilic?

KEI NISHIKORI: I knew he had good serve and good second serve. I was thinking it is key to break second serve. I was not returning well until third or fourth set and start more attack his second serve. I was just slicing and just putting. You know, it was working. After the serve, I was able to, uhm, hit winners. I was cramping second, third set. And, uhm, I think that was key, fourth set tiebreak, yeah.

Q. You've had bad luck with injuries over the past year or two.

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah.

Q. The fact that you are able to get through a match like that under such difficult conditions, can you look at that as maybe something that can give you confidence going forward, that you're able to persevere, win a tournament under those conditions?

KEI NISHIKORI: I was struggling after comeback. I was not playing for 11 or 12 months. I thought I lost everything: my feeling and my tennis. But I start getting confidence. I was winning challengers, won three challengers already. Uhm, before this, two weeks ago, I won Binghamton challenger and played really well there, started getting confidence. Uhm, yeah, it was difficult. It was raining, and I had to wait three days to finish the first match. And, yeah, like today, it was hot, and played five hours. But, you know, I beat -- he's top player obviously and played well today, so I'm getting more confidence from these tournaments.

Q. I know you got asked about it courtside, but it's 15 years since Matsuoka had an infamous match out there when he was in agony with cramps. You were a young kid when that happened. You obviously know Shuzo. Have you talked to him about that experience?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I see him many times on TV. Yeah, he was always too sad to see that because no one can help. He just has to, uhm, lay down and couldn't do anything. And I used to cramp a lot. Even two years ago I played here and I was cramping from first match. I was able to finish that. But, you know, the rules changing now and it's more tough when you're cramping, so... Uhm, but nothing I can change.

Q. You said you started cramping in the second set, which is early.

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah.

Q. When you got into a fifth, were you afraid that something really unpleasant might happen?

KEI NISHIKORI: I was thinking about it in fourth set mostly. Even if I win this, I have to play one more set. It's not going to be easy for me, you know, cramping. But I was able to fight through, yeah.

Q. So does this give you more satisfaction than anything you've achieved in tennis so far, coming through that match, coming through five hours in that heat?

KEI NISHIKORI: After came back, yeah. Played five set in French, too. But it wasn't hot. It was tough. But even today was hot and I was cramping, so... Yeah, it was tough match.

Q. I was going to ask you to compare it to the Ferrer match in 2008. Would you rate this higher than that?

KEI NISHIKORI: What do you mean? Sorry.

Q. Would you say this was the most satisfying match between the two?

KEI NISHIKORI: Uhm, you know, it was both good match for me. I have more good memories there against Ferrer. I won first two set, and he came back, but I was still fighting. And was first time Round of 16. I was really happy about it.

Q. How big a sports star are you in Japan?

KEI NISHIKORI: Uhm, I don't know (smiling). It's getting big, I think.

Q. Do you enjoy it? Do you enjoy being famous?

KEI NISHIKORI: Of course, yeah. But I live in Florida mostly. So mostly nobody recognize me there. When I go back to Japan, it's fun. I might get a crazy if I stay there all the time. But I live in States, so it's not bad.


http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2010-09-02/201009021283469190303.html

Thursday, September 2, 2010
An interview with:

MARIN CILIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Could you explain what happened to your body at the end of the match in the fifth set.

MARIN CILIC: I mean, not much to explain. The conditions were really tough, and was I think very tough. Even beginning first two, three sets was tough to run and to maintain that level. Afterwards I think both of us got really exhausted. But he was, in the end of the match and after winning that fourth set a little bit breathing mentally easier. I think that helped him. I was, of course, struggling. I saw he was, as well. That was the case in the end of the match.

Q. Is it difficult to lose a match when you fight so hard to come up short?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, it's not easy to accept that you stayed on the court five hours and then had your chances and in the end you are down because, I mean, tennis I think it's more just physical. I would say the conditions were really tough. It was very humid. It wasn't easy to get the oxygen. That was it.

Q. Coming into this tournament, I know you didn't get good results in the US Open Series leading up, but can you talk about your condition in the late summer and how you felt coming into the tournament? Did you feel physically and mentally ready to go the distance deep into this tournament?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I would say that I was preparing pretty good and I had good week in Washington where I played semis, then had two losses in first round. I mean, I was feeling fine. I was even thinking to play New Haven, but I decided not to, because I felt pretty good on the court and I was hitting the ball pretty well. I was excited to play here. And I think I was pretty good prepared. I can't say that I wasn't. But just today was really exceptional and doesn't happen too often, conditions like this.

Q. Did you feel at some point that you may not be able to get up and go back out on the court?

MARIN CILIC: How do you mean?

Q. When he was working on you, did you feel like, This is it?

MARIN CILIC: No, I felt exhausted. But I felt I could I mean, I'm going to play until the end. I'm not going to retire because of those things.

Q. You played Kei two years ago in Indian Wells. Last time you won very easily. Compared to that match, did you see any progress in Kei? Did he do anything which surprised you?

MARIN CILIC: I don't know. I mean, it's tough to say. I think he probably got a little bit physically stronger and his ball is a little bit heavier. But I can't really see some things. Both of us, I would say we didn't play the best, especially because of the conditions, and it was tough to see which areas are better and which are not.

Q. When she asked you earlier about your body at the end, what were you feeling? You mentioned oxygen. Were you having trouble getting air? Were you having cramps?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, I start to feel cramps in the end of the fourth set. But with that, I was all right toward the end of the match. It was just the general tiredness and exhaustion.

*bunny*
09-03-2010, 02:46 AM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2010-09-02/201009021283460722397.html

Nishikori last man standing as Cilic wilts in five
By Neil E. Schlecht
Thursday, September 2, 2010

In a matchup that looked to be an intriguing contrast at the outset and then became a brutal war of attrition on a blistering Court 13, the qualifier Kei Nishikori of Japan, ranked No. 147 in the world, outlasted and upset Marin Cilic, the 11th-seeded Croat, 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.

The match lasted 4 hours, 59 minutes.

It wasn't the longest match in US Open history, though it's a safe bet that the two longest (Edberg-Chang in 1992 and Massu-Sargsian in 2004, both over five hours) weren't played on days in which the on-court temperatures edged dangerously close to 120 degrees.

Both players repeatedly called for the trainer. Nishikori was treated for a hip flexor, while Cilic required massages for back issues and cramping. In the fifth set, as Nishikori went up two breaks of serve, Cilic was reduced to taking punch-drunk swings at the ball and letting balls out of his considerable reach go by him.

The match was the first of the day scheduled on Court 13. As it limped to its conclusion, Roger Federer was sauntering off court at Arthur Ashe, having just won the third match of the day there.

Virtually every game went to deuce and ad points, and while the match was obviously tightly contested, it wasn't compelling for its quality of play. Cilic hit 93 unforced errors, while Nishikori made 77 mistakes.

In a sloppy, 60-minute first set that presaged the long arc of the match, Cilic and Nishikori traded unforced errors, ad points and breaks of serve. Cilic broke for a third time at 5-5 and held to take a set that no one appeared to want.

The two young players presented contrasting styles and heights, but some of the differences in their games were neutralized when the match became more about sheer physical survival.

The nimble Nishikori, 20, covers the court like a Jack Russell terrier. :lol: He puts his entire body into his flashy groundstrokes, often elevating off the ground to get more oomph behind his backhand.

Another in a long line of tall Croats, the 21-year-old Cilic lopes about the court - even on days when he's not playing five sets - and methodically strikes the ball. His serve, launched from an elastic knee bend and deep back dip, doesn't generate the pace that might be expected.

Cilic, who reached the quarterfinals at the 2009 US Open (defeating No. 2 seed Andy Murray en route), made it to the semifinals at the Australian Open in January. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time, but since then has cooled off.

Two years ago, Nishikori made a surprising run at his first US Open as an 18-year-old. He made it to the last 16, the best performance by a Japanese man in the Open Era. But Nishikori missed nearly the entire 2009 season with an elbow injury that required surgery, and this year entered the Open as a qualifier.

His second US Open already qualifies as memorable, and Nishikori has only moved into the third round.

Match Facts
- Three of the five sets lasted one hour or more.
- Cilic actually won more points, 190, than the victor, Nishikori (189).

DanaKz
09-03-2010, 04:50 AM
I am very sorry for leaving you yesterday, I am just too nervous for it...
I switched off TV, laptop, router, even my phone, for not watching it, because I really thought I'll get heart attack here. :)

So, Kei :worship::worship::worship::bounce::bounce: :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::smooch::yippee: :woohoo:

Rafkei
09-03-2010, 06:36 AM
I am very sorry for leaving you yesterday, I am just to nervous for it...
I switched off TV, laptop, router, even my phone, for ot watching it, because I really thought I'll get heart attack here. :)

So, Kei :worship::worship::worship::bounce::bounce: :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::smooch::yippee: :woohoo:

I think a lot of us feels that way too :D

kinokino
09-03-2010, 08:04 AM
Jack Russell terrier!?
Cute. :p

Filo V.
09-04-2010, 12:33 AM
Hey peeps, I wonder if any of you remember me? I forgot about posting in the player threads, but Kei's run is too amazing to not discuss. The fight he showed yesterday in the heat was admirable. He didn't play his best tennis but willed himself to victory. I was so happy when he won, my heart was pumping fast. I knew he could do damage at this year's US Open, but for him to win such a match over a player in the top 15 whose been healthy is astonishing.

If Kei wins tomorrow, he'll be in the top 100 after the US Open. Good luck v Montanes, Kei!

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:35 AM
Hi flyboy, :wavey:
Of course I remember you! I know you often post on GM too. :)
Come here more often! ;)

Yeah, neither Kei nor Marin played their best tennis but Kei proved once again he's a tough nut who just won't go away like many young, inexperienced players.

Montanes in the next round may be tougher for him though. Kei lost to Albert on hard court two years ago, and Albert is He's not someone you want to play when you are tired because he's mentally very strong and keeps returning every ball deep and consistently.
At least conditions seem better today so hopefully he can repeat his run to last 16 two years ago, or beyond. :)

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:37 AM
OOP for Saturday:

Court 11
11:00 AM
Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Albert Montanes(ESP)[21] vs. Kei Nishikori(JPN)
Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Richard Gasquet(FRA) vs. Kevin Anderson(RSA)
Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Shuai Peng(CHN) vs. Andrea Petkovic(GER)
Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Lourdes Dominguez Lino(ESP) vs. Dominika Cibulkova(SVK)

Ganbatte, Kei!! :yippee:

chewy
09-04-2010, 02:49 PM
Hey guys, Kei's match is about to start :)

Ill be happy as long as Kei is healthy for the whole match!

TOP100
09-04-2010, 02:55 PM
Kei's injured...chances are he might not start, or finish. :(

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:12 PM
Well, they are on court now and have started practicing.
It seems Kei has taping on his left thigh so yes he may not be fit and Montanes is a kind of guy you don't want to play when you are physically not 100%.

But let's hope Kei can play the way he wants and hopefully win again!
(I quite like Albert too but of course I will root for Kei today! :rocker2:)

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:21 PM
Broken from 40-0. :help:

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:25 PM
*0-2 :sad:

Yes some unconfirmed sources say he thought of withdrawing because of the injury. Hope he won't push himself too far.

It looks pretty windy today. Remnants of Earl?

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:30 PM
Good hold from 15-40 down. 1-2*

chewy
09-04-2010, 03:31 PM
Broken from 40-0. :help:

I know, almost a good start then tumbled a little.

chewy
09-04-2010, 03:34 PM
Is the conditions better today, weather wise?

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:35 PM
1-4* :sad:

chewy
09-04-2010, 03:36 PM
He's going for more on his shots to shorten the points, spraying few errors already.

1-4...

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:37 PM
Is the conditions better today, weather wise?
Clear sky, 24 degrees C.
But it looks very windy.

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:41 PM
Clever lob! And Kei finally holds again. 2-5*

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:45 PM
Set Montanes, 6-2 :sad:

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:46 PM
Trainer at Kei's side.

chewy
09-04-2010, 03:46 PM
Such bad luck that Kei's carrying yet another injury...

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:47 PM
Just now Glenn told Japanese TV that Kei's got abductor strain from the match against Cilic and he's feeling a bit of pain moving from side to side. :sad:

chewy
09-04-2010, 03:54 PM
not really returning Montanes's serve well, already got aced 5 times

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:55 PM
Another DF and 1-2* in the second set. :sad:

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 03:56 PM
Kei retired. :sad:

chewy
09-04-2010, 03:56 PM
:sad:

DanaKz
09-04-2010, 04:02 PM
WHY???? GOD, WHY???? My poor little thing, why you are so unlucky????? :hysteric:

misty1
09-04-2010, 04:06 PM
poor kei:sad:

that 5 hour long match with marin in the blistering heat really took it out of him

*bunny*
09-04-2010, 04:06 PM
Well, it was his sixth match at Flushing and the Cilic match certainly took its toll...
Hope he'll take good care of himself and be fit for the Asian hc swing... :sad:

TOP100
09-04-2010, 04:55 PM
Yes some unconfirmed sources say he thought of withdrawing because of the injury.

When I posted #178 it was confirmed. :)

*bunny*
09-05-2010, 12:17 AM
At the postmatch press conference Kei told the Japanese media that he couldn't move at all during a warm-up in the morning and even trying to stretch to serve was painful. He was aware that he had probably had no chance to win today but decided to give it a go.
But he thinks the injury is not serious and he would probably need just a week's rest.

Hope he's right and won't make the same mistake as last year, playing when he really shouldn't be!