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The " 2009 Oi Oi Down Under Season - Australian Open !!!!! 1st rd exit : 5-7 2-6 1-6

*esther*
01-03-2009, 11:50 PM
Tournament Name: BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Location: BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
Dates: 4–11 JANUARY, 2009
Prize Money: US $484,750
32 DRAW (MAIN DRAW & QUALIFYING)

SITE: QUEENSLAND TENNIS CENTRE
190 KING ARTHUR TERRACE
TENNYSON, QLD, AUSTRALIA 4105
SURFACE: PLEXICUSHION
BALL: WILSON AUSTRALIAN OPEN
PRIZE MONEY: US DOLLARS—PAID BY ATP
WEB SITE: www.brisbaneinternational.com.au

Qualifying draw: Friday, January 2, 9:00 p.m.
Main draw: Saturday, January 3, Noon
Doubles draw: Saturday, January 3, 6:00 p.m.

ATP Ranking Points
W: 250
F: 150
SF: 90
QF: 45
R16: 20
R32: 0
Q: +12

Entry deadline: November 24, 2008
Seeding: December 29, 2008

1 Djokovic, Novak SRB 3
2 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 6
3 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 16
4 Soderling, Robin SWE 17
5 Berdych, Tomas CZE 20
6 Fish, Mardy USA 24
7 Gasquet, Richard FRA 25
8 Stepanek, Radek CZE 27
9 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA 31
10 Melzer, Jurgen AUT 34
11 Ancic, Mario CRO 36
12 Nieminen, Jarkko FIN 37
13 Querrey, Sam USA 39
14 Llodra, Michael FRA 40
15 Benneteau, Julien FRA 43
16 Kunitsyn, Igor RUS 47
17 Ginepri, Robby USA 51
18 Gulbis, Ernests LAT 53
19 Gicquel, Marc FRA 54
20 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP 55
21 Dent, Taylor USA @56
22 Serra, Florent FRA 59
23 Calleri, Agustin ARG 60
24 Darcis, Steve BEL 61
25 Nishikori, Kei JPN 63
26 (Q)
27 (Q)
28 (Q)
29 (Q)
30 (WC) Baghdatis, Marcos CYP
31 (WC) Tomic, Bernard AUS
32 (WC) Klein, Brydan AUS

Alternates
1. Gabashvili, Teimuraz RUS 65
2. Reynolds, Bobby USA 70
3. Spadea, Vincent USA 75
4. Zverev, Mischa GER 78
OUT Haas, Tommy GER 81
OUT Vassallo Arguello, Martin ARG 82
5. Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 85
6. Guccione, Chris AUS 89
7. Golubev, Andrey KAZ 90
8. Clement, Arnaud FRA 94
OUT Mahut, Nicolas FRA 95
9. Muller, Gilles LUX 96
10. Kendrick, Robert USA 98
11. Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 99
12. Anderson, Kevin RSA 104

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7867735&postcount=1

*esther*
01-03-2009, 11:53 PM
MAIN DRAW

(1) Djokovic vs Gulbis
Q vs Mathieu
Q vs Nishikori
(WC) Klein vs (5) Berdych

(3) Verdasco vs (WC) Tomic
Q vs Ancic
Ferrero vs Serra
Melzer vs (6) Fish

(8) Stepanek vs Kunitsyn
Llodra vs Q
Benneteau vs Ginepri
Querrey vs (4) Soderling

(7) Gasquet vs Gicquel
Dent vs Darcis
Nieminen vs (WC) Baghdatis
Calleri vs (2) Tsonga

http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/mds1.pdf

kinokino
01-04-2009, 02:16 AM
Happy new year :yeah:
Good luck to Kei in the first match this year :yippee:

Papakori
01-04-2009, 11:15 AM
Good luck Kei! :yeah:

*bunny*
01-04-2009, 12:29 PM
Kei's name is not on tomorrow's OOP, I guess his first round match will be on Tuesday.
Qualie matches haven't finished so his first ronud opponent will be known late tomorrow.

Good luck, Kei! :yippee:


Thanx to esther for the thread, nice title! :D

*bunny*
01-05-2009, 07:40 AM
OOP for tomorrow:
http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/op-6109.pdf

Kei's match is the fourth on Show Court 2.
His opponent is yet to be announced (not all the qualie matches are over yet).
Good luck, Kei! :spoton:

*bunny*
01-05-2009, 10:56 AM
Kei's opponent tomorrow is Bobby Reynolds.
As you remember, Reynolds was one of the guys Kei beat en route to victory in Delray Beach last year.
At least they know each other's game very well.
Although Bobby improved quite a lot over the year, I think Kei will be fine. :yeah:
Ganbareeee! Kei! :yippee:

*esther*
01-05-2009, 11:59 PM
Good Luck Kei :worship::bounce:

Livestream for Brisbane http://atdhe.net/live-tv-1996.html

Arigato bunny. ;)

Ivanatis
01-06-2009, 03:39 AM
I don't like to say this, but I'm not so optimistic. Reynolds should be a favourite in this one:o
Anyway, Go Kei:D

*bunny*
01-06-2009, 06:17 AM
Kei takes the first set after 34 minutes. 6-3 :)
And he breaks in the first game of the second set! *1-0 :yippee:

*esther*
01-06-2009, 06:48 AM
Well done!!!! :D

chinasmart
01-06-2009, 07:35 AM
well done, over Berdych in next round!!!!

gare315
01-06-2009, 07:59 AM
Brilliant!! Kei, hope all asian players have the great performance during Australian season!!

Rafkei
01-06-2009, 08:19 AM
Yay! Good Job Kei! That's a good start, a very convincing win!

Good luck against Berdych, that would be a tough one.

chewy
01-06-2009, 10:35 AM
Well done kei! nice scoreline, did anyone saw his match?
i was looking for livestream at work today, but forgot to look in here :P although they probably didn't show court 2 matches.

*esther*
01-06-2009, 11:13 AM
hey chewy, as expected, no live feed for the court 2 :lol:

i managed to watch Djokovic vs Gulbis from the feed. ;)

Papakori
01-06-2009, 11:21 AM
Great start, Kei.

kinokino
01-06-2009, 12:40 PM
:bigclap: Well done, Kei!

Ivanatis
01-06-2009, 03:26 PM
Kei :woohoo:
now beat Berdych next

*bunny*
01-06-2009, 11:27 PM
Well done Kei yesterday and good luck today! :yeah:
I think he has a chance against Berdych although it will probably be a tough one.

But unfortunately I can't watch tennis today coz I'm off to a mini holiday to Hong Kong! :)
Cya all you guys on Saturday! :wavey:

gare315
01-07-2009, 01:42 AM
Have a nice trip, bunny!! Hope Kei'll have a good season from now on!!

*esther*
01-07-2009, 03:42 AM
Kei-kun is scheduled at center court, second match after the WTA's match, starts 7pm local time

Here's the Brisbane livestream that works now, gotta check it out tonight. ;)
http://www.atdhe.net/live-tv-1996.html

Fingers crossed!! :)

nemanjam
01-07-2009, 11:57 AM
Kei won first set against Berdych 7-6(7)! Come on!!!

kinokino
01-07-2009, 11:59 AM
Come on Kei! and my livestream !!

chewy
01-07-2009, 12:01 PM
wooo that was killing me with all those close calls going against kei...but he's got the first set 7/6!

PS thx for the link esther...almost gave up when they cut it off after their warm up haha...im glad i try it again after seeing it posted in GM

chewy
01-07-2009, 12:04 PM
the ninja shows his moves :lol: another jumping forehand, wins 1st game 2nd set

chewy
01-07-2009, 12:42 PM
can't find the right emoticon to express the joy haha...need to out source it..

loved the match!

*esther*
01-07-2009, 12:44 PM
I went out for dinner................:( i only managed to watch warm-up.

Well done Kei!!!!! :hug:

Nathaliia
01-07-2009, 12:45 PM
Well done :hug: Never in doubt, I even had a bet on this match!

kinokino
01-07-2009, 12:53 PM
Well done Kei!!!
He looks very fine and snatched a valuable victory :rocker2:

*esther*
01-07-2009, 01:01 PM
Tomorrow's OOP (http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/339/op.pdf)

Same like today, night match, second up, matches start, 7pm local time. :)

See you guys around tomorrow's night. :hug:

nemanjam
01-07-2009, 01:07 PM
Congrats Kei :clap2:
Keep going :yeah:

kinokino
01-07-2009, 01:07 PM
Thank you esther!:hug:
See you :wavey:

chewy
01-07-2009, 01:38 PM
its very exciting to see Kei match up against so many other talented players, its like playing street fighter..except its tennis :P

*esther*
01-07-2009, 01:47 PM
its very exciting to see Kei match up against so many other talented players, its like playing street fighter..except its tennis :P

yes you're right, chewy..... thinks that the win over Tomas is Kei's first 2009 significant over top players, Tomas was ex-Top 10 player. :worship:

Bring on PHM!!!!!!!!:devil:


No thanks, Kino :hug:

*esther*
01-07-2009, 01:48 PM
btw, did Kei serve well??? from the stats, bet he served well. :)

gare315
01-07-2009, 02:14 PM
What a great match!! Kei really made a great match. I love his strong and fast forehand!! GL for the 3rd round.

Ivanatis
01-07-2009, 03:59 PM
:eek:Kei:D

great shape so close before the Oz Open:worship:
hopefully he'll have a good draw there with no Federer, Nadal, Murray before the QF, then everything's possible

Papakori
01-07-2009, 06:00 PM
Excellent win today Kei. :yeah:

I have tomorrow morning off school so will watch the livestream :woohoo:

Rafkei
01-08-2009, 12:45 AM
Wow! Berdych was a tough opponent to defeat! Good Job Kei!

*esther*
01-08-2009, 03:42 AM
Here the stream that working now, i hope they will showing it again tonight. ;)

http://www.atdhe.net/live-tv-2107.html

kinokino
01-08-2009, 10:29 AM
Kei lost one set...but he plays well and still have a chance!
Ganbare!!! Kei

kinokino
01-08-2009, 10:40 AM
Kei is taking a medical time out...
His right elbow has some kind of trouble :eek:

kinokino
01-08-2009, 10:56 AM
He returned to the court, looks not bad.

DanaKz
01-08-2009, 11:04 AM
Come on Kei!!!!

kinokino
01-08-2009, 11:25 AM
Matheiu beated Kei, 6-3, 6-4.:sad:
Kei's play did not look finely after the medical time out before the 4th game in the second set.
But I think his mentality got stronger than before!!! :boxing:

*esther*
01-10-2009, 12:37 AM
Tournament Name: HEINEKEN OPEN
Location: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Dates: JANUARY 12–17, 2009 (SATURDAY FINAL)
Prize Money: US $480,750
28 MAIN DRAW (32 QUALIFYING)

SITE: ASB TENNIS CENTRE
NO.1 TENNIS LANE (PO BOX 2905)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
SURFACE: REBOUND ACE
BALL: WILSON (AO BALL)
PRIZE MONEY: US DOLLARS—PAID BY ATP
WEB SITE: www.atptennis.com/auckland

Qualifying draw: Friday, January 9, 9:00 p.m.
Main draw: Saturday, January 10, 3:00 p.m.
Doubles draw: Saturday, January 10, 6:00 p.m.

ATP Ranking Points
W: 250
F: 150
SF: 90
QF: 45
R16: 20 (Seeds 1-4: 0)
R32: 0
Q: +12

Entry Deadline: December 1, 2008
Seeding: January 5, 2009

1 Del Potro, Juan Martin ARG 9
2 Ferrer, David ESP 12
3 Soderling, Robin SWE 17
4 Almagro, Nicolas ESP 18
5 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 28
6 Querrey, Sam USA 39
7 Montanes, Albert ESP 45
8 Monaco, Juan ARG 46
9 Kunitsyn, Igor RUS 47
OUT Acasuso, Jose ARG 48
11 Hanescu, Victor ROU 50
12 Ginepri, Robby USA 51
13 Gulbis, Ernests LAT 53
14 Gicquel, Marc FRA 54
15 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP 55
16 Granollers, Marcel ESP 56
17 Troicki, Viktor SRB 57
OUT Schwank, Eduardo ARG 58
19 Serra, Florent FRA 59
20 (SE)
21 (SE)
22 (Q)
23 (Q)
24 (Q)
25 (Q)
26 (WC) Statham, Rubin NZL
27 (WC)
28 (WC)

Alternates
IN Calleri, Agustin ARG 60
IN Darcis, Steve BEL 61
OUT Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 62
IN Nishikori, Kei JPN 63
IN Lu, Yen-Hsun TPE 64
1 Gabashvili, Teimuraz RUS 65
2 Koubek, Stefan AUT @65
3 Petzschner, Philipp GER 66
4 Hernandez, Oscar ESP 68
5 Rochus, Christophe BEL 69
6 Reynolds, Bobby USA 70
7 Vassallo Arguello, Martin ARG 71
8 Starace, Potito ITA 72
9 Devilder, Nicolas FRA 73
10 Navarro, Ivan ESP 74

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=134729

*esther*
01-10-2009, 04:29 AM
Main Draw is out :

(1)Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) bye
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
(8)Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Victor Hanescu (ROU)

(3)Robin Soderling (SWE) bye
(q) vs (q)
Robby Ginepri (USA) vs (WC)Rubin Statham (NZL)
(7)Albert Montanes (ESP) vs (q)

(6)Sam Querrey (USA) vs (WC)Daniel King-Turner (NZL)
Florent Serra (FRA) vs (q)
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
(4)Nicolas Almagro (ESP) bye

(5)Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Dominik Hrbaty (SVK)
Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
Agustin Calleri (ARG) vs Marc Gicquel (FRA)
(2)David Ferrer (ESP) bye

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/301/mds.pdf

Juan Carlos Ferrero, first round opponent...... hahaha :lol:

*bunny*
01-10-2009, 07:18 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

:sad: Sorry Kei, this time I cannot support you... Shoot me! :bolt:

*esther*
01-10-2009, 07:38 AM
:lol: :lol: Bunny!

Ivanatis
01-10-2009, 11:41 AM
you can support him in round 2 and afterwards bunny :p

go Kei
Ferrero right now should be very winnable

I dislike his 2nd round matchup versus Kohlschreiber/Hrbaty who both seem to be in good shape:(

if he gets through there he can at least make the final unless Ferrer has dramatically improved compared to his shape from 2008

chewy
01-10-2009, 11:11 PM
Matheiu beated Kei, 6-3, 6-4.:sad:
Kei's play did not look finely after the medical time out before the 4th game in the second set.
But I think his mentality got stronger than before!!! :boxing:

when i was watching this match, i thought Kei did have chances of wining even tho PHM had the upper hand and was playing well, but it was obvious he wasn't fit closer to the end. rushing points and his forehand had gone.

These niggling injuries have me worried, and its only the start of the season.

If his arm has recovered, hope it'll hold up the whole tournament...

Papakori
01-11-2009, 08:55 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

:sad: Sorry Kei, this time I cannot support you... Shoot me! :bolt:
:eek::eek::eek: Traitor! :devil:

:lol: j/k

I think he could very well win the first match, but the second match is very tough. It could be worse though. :shrug:

gare315
01-11-2009, 03:44 PM
I'm expecting Kei play with Rendy. I must be funny when top 2 asian players met!!
GL Kei!!

*esther*
01-12-2009, 12:19 AM
MONDAY OOP

Centre Court 11am start

Sovereign Singles

Final Qualifying John Isner(USA) v Thomaz Bellucci(BRA) fb

(6)Sam Querrey(USA) v (WC)Dan King-Turner(NZL) fb Kei Nishikori(JPN) v Juan Carlos Ferrero(ESP) fb

Sovereign Doubles

Paul Hanley(AUS)/Jordan Kerr(AUS) v (3)Christopher Kas(GER)/Rogier Wassen(NED)

Evening Session Not Before 7.30pm

(WC)Rubin Statham(NZL) v Robby Ginepri(USA) fb Viktor Troicki(SRB) v Igor Kunitsyn(RUS)

================================================== ================

Livestream : http://www.atdhe.net/live-tv-1995.html

NZL is GMT +13 ( please take notice )

kinokino
01-12-2009, 12:26 AM
We can see the free livestream after the registration. :tennis:
http://www.planetstream.tv/Default.aspx

Come on Kei!

*esther*
01-12-2009, 01:20 AM
http://www.atdhe.net/live-tv-2257.html

This is the one which works fine.... hahaha :lol:

kinokino
01-12-2009, 01:57 AM
Thanks esther!!!
But Kei retired just now :sad:

*esther*
01-12-2009, 02:02 AM
Thanks esther!!!
But Kei retired just now :sad:

Oh Why Kei Why????:confused:

This is just the beginning of the season.:eek:

*bunny*
01-12-2009, 02:08 AM
Kei went up 3-1 but then Juan Carlos broke back to 3-3.
When JC led 4-3*, Kei called trainer and was given painkillers. It's his elbow again.
But then he got broken again to 3-5 and he retired...

OK, that's not the way I wanted Ferrero to go through (He said exactly the same thing in the oncourt interview after the match.)

Kei was so sweet before the match saying that JC was one of his idols, and JC appreciated Kei's words after the match saying it was amazing to hear that.

Hope Kei will be fit by AO! :sad:

kinokino
01-12-2009, 02:29 AM
Kei :tears:
There's no need to rush. Give it some time. :dance:

Ivanatis
01-12-2009, 05:52 AM
:(
oh no, not his health again:o

Papakori
01-12-2009, 06:37 AM
Oh dear. :sad:

Lets hope its just a precaution and nothing too serious. :scared:

*bunny*
01-12-2009, 08:03 AM
From Kyodo News

Nishikori pulls out in 1st round of Heineken Open
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 12 KYODO

Rising Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori handed former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain an easy passage into the second round of the Heineken Open on Monday after he was forced to withdraw in the first set with an injury to his right arm.

Nishikori, who hurt the same arm during a straight-sets defeat to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France in the quarterfinals of last week's Brisbane International, looked good in the first set but had to retire at 5-3 down.

"I made a good start but my arm started to hurt and I was unable to continue
playing. The whole of my arm hurts," said the 19-year-old Nishikori, who is hoping to recover in time for next week’s Australian Open in Melbourne.

"I leave for Melbourne tomorrow and will probably spend the whole day getting treatment," added the world No. 59.

Nishikori is the second-highest ranking Japanese after Shuzo Matsuoka, who achieved the highest-ever ranking by a Japanese man under the computerized world rankings established in 1973 with 46th place in July 1992.

------------
Get well soon, Kei... :unsure:

chewy
01-13-2009, 09:28 AM
Pls take as much time to heal as possible...rest that arm. I want to see Kei play the entire AO!

*bunny*
01-13-2009, 05:09 PM
You guys may not want to watch it, but here's a video link to yesterday's match...
http://tvnz.co.nz/tennis-news/from-baseline-day-one-open-2439148/video?vid=2438902#

*bunny*
01-14-2009, 09:23 AM
From Kyodo News again:

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Nishikori's arm injury not serious: source
Kyodo News

Kei Nishikori, who aggravated an arm injury at the Heineken Open on Monday, should be fit to compete in the upcoming Australian Open, his management company said.

"It is not a serious injury and if he undergoes a few days of treatment he should be ready for the Australian Open," his management said Monday.

"After a lot of intense training in the off-season, this is a typical sort of injury to get early in the season and should be better in four or five days."

The Australian Open gets under way in Melbourne next Monday.

Nishikori handed former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain an easy passage into the second round of the Heineken Open after he was forced to withdraw in the first set with an injury to his right arm.

World No. 59 Nishikori, who hurt the same arm during a straight-sets defeat to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France in the quarterfinals of last week's Brisbane International, looked good in the first set but had to retire at 5-3 down.

==============
I hope IMG is right!!

*esther*
01-16-2009, 06:10 AM
2009 AO MAIN DRAW

NADAL, Rafael ESP [1] v ROCHUS, Christophe BEL
SERRA, Florent FRA v KARANUSIC, Roko CRO
SCHWANK, Eduardo ARG v HAAS, Tommy GER
QUALIFIER v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [29]
GASQUET, Richard FRA [24] v JUNQUEIRA, Diego ARG
SPADEA, Vincent USA v ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W)
CANAS, Guillermo ARG v KIEFER, Nicolas GER
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI [13]
MONFILS, Gael FRA [12] v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ v FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [17]
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [25] v GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA v ANCIC, Mario CRO
GUCCIONE, Chris AUS v DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA
ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP v SIMON, Gilles FRA [6]

MURRAY, Andy GBR [4] v PAVEL, Andrei ROU
GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS v GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP
QUALIFIER v EBELTHITE, Colin AUS (W)
NISHIKORI, Kei JPN v MELZER, Jurgen AUT [31]
STEPANEK, Radek CZE [22] v LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
QUALIFIER v BALL, Carsten AUS (W)
STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR v CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
MANNARINO, Adrian FRA (W) v VERDASCO, Fernando ESP [14]
BLAKE, James USA [9] v QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER v DARCIS, Steve BEL
MONTANES, Albert ESP v GULBIS, Ernests LAT
QUALIFIER v ANDREEV, Igor RUS [18]
SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER [30] v QUALIFIER
HANESCU, Victor ROU v HERNYCH, Jan CZE
LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO v KUNITSYN, Igor RUS
MONACO, Juan ARG v TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [5]

RODDICK, Andy USA [7] v QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER v LLODRA, Michael FRA
FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP v SANTORO, Fabrice FRA
QUERREY, Sam USA v KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [32]
ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [21] v REYNOLDS, Bobby USA
MARTIN, Alberto ESP v TROICKI, Viktor SRB
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA v LU, Yen-Hsun TPE
GICQUEL, Marc FRA v NALBANDIAN, David ARG [10]
SODERLING, Robin SWE [16] v KENDRICK, Robert USA
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA v BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
BOLELLI, Simone ITA v VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
GROTH, Samuel AUS (W) v FISH, Mardy USA [23]
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA [28] v NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN
DENT, Taylor USA v QUALIFIER
CHARDY, Jeremy FRA v DANIEL, Marcos BRA
QUALIFIER v DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [3]

DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG [8] v ZVEREV, Mischa GER
QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER
STARACE, Potito ITA v TOMIC, Bernard AUS (W)
MULLER, Gilles LUX v LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP [27]
CILIC, Marin CRO [19] v ANDERSON, Kevin RSA
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP v TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
QUALIFIER v ISNER, John USA (W)
GREMELMAYR, Denis GER v FERRER, David ESP [11]
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI [15] v MINAR, Ivo CZE
QUALIFIER v KLEIN, Brydan AUS (W)
DABUL, Brian ARG v PETZSCHNER, Philipp GER
GINEPRI, Robby USA v BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [20]
SAFIN, Marat RUS [26] v NAVARRO, Ivan ESP
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP v CALLERI, Agustin ARG
QUALIFIER v MOYA, Carlos ESP
SEPPI, Andreas ITA v FEDERER, Roger SUI [2]

*esther*
01-16-2009, 06:13 AM
He's at Andy Murray's half!

Good luck!

chewy
01-16-2009, 08:22 AM
looks to be a difficult path, good luck Kei! Stay healthy pls!

DanaKz
01-16-2009, 09:19 AM
Murrey in 3rd round. Not good.

hcfoo
01-16-2009, 01:21 PM
It's an opportunity for Kei to create another string of headlines. I would love to see Kei create an upset, if he ever meet Murray :bounce:

*bunny*
01-16-2009, 02:24 PM
Melzer I think is a winnable match although the Austrian is a tricky opponent because he has some unorthodox shots and is a lefty.
I also love to see Kei vs Murray! Hope he reached at least R3! :)

Hope his arm will be OK though. Apparently, he changed racket grip when serving during the off season, so I'm suspecting that might have something to do with the pain.

*bunny*
01-17-2009, 02:18 PM
Kei apparently started practicing on court from today. I saw a short news clip on TV and he was wearing a tape around his right elbow.
He told the media that he still had little pains. But he looked calm, even smiling, when he said that.
I really hope he'll be able to play without any discomfort...!

Btw, Kei's first match is on Tuesday, which is good considering the circumstances!
Good luck, Kei! :bounce:

chewy
01-19-2009, 09:52 AM
yeah its good to get some more rest, although probably still hitting a lot in practice courts. but with him admitting there's still pain isn't comforting at all.

can only hope for the best! good luck kei.

Deivid23
01-19-2009, 03:30 PM
Good luck in AO, Kei, hope you can play without pain :yeah:

Any further updates in Japanese media concerning how that elbow is doing? Much appreciated

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:34 PM
Hey welcome Deivid23.

The match has just started and Kei is NOT wearing anything on his right elbow! :)
He's wearing a black bandana, like during Day 3 of Japan Open last year.

Wow Kei breaks now, *3-2! :D He saved one BP in the fourth game.

Rafkei
01-19-2009, 11:38 PM
Yay! First break of serve, hope he consolidates it.

Is he moving well? It sucks that i can't watch the match. I wanted to missed work just to watch Kei play but i cant.

Bunny keep us updated. Thanks

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:40 PM
From The Daily Telegraph two days ago:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/4283456/Japan-rest-hopes-on-Kei-Nishikori-ahead-of-Australian-Open.html

Japan rest hopes on Kei Nishikori ahead of Australian Open

By Mark Hodgkinson in Melbourne
Last Updated: 2:00PM GMT 18 Jan 2009

These days, the Australian Open is marketed as the grand slam of Asia and the Pacific, not just as the Down Under Slam.

And it is now the case that Australia's highest ranked player, Lleyton Hewitt, is lower down the computer print-out than Japan's No 1.

That is half down to the fact Hewitt is at his lowest position for a decade, and also because of the rise and rise of Kei Nishikori, a 19-year-old from Shimane, a town close to Hiroshima, and a young player with plenty of talent in that racket-arm.

It is not going to be long before Nishikori, who was No 59 on last week's list, is a top-50 player.

Japan's tennis culture and traditions are not nearly as strong as Australia's, so you can imagine the excitement felt here by the crew of Wow Wow, the wonderfully-named television network from Japan, especially as Nishikori could play the bookmakers' favourite, Andy Murray, in the third round.

Murray is sponsored by the likes of Highland Spring; Nishikori has a 'Cup Noodle' patch on his arm. They can't get enough of Nishikori back in Japan.

Nishikori was just 18 years old when he won the Delray Beach title last year by beating American James Blake in the final, making him the youngest man to score a tournament victory on the tour since Hewitt in 1998.

Later in the season, he made the fourth round of the US Open, and this Australian Open will only be his third grand slam tournament.

Even so, Nishikori is already close to achieving the highest ranking in history by a Japanese male, as last Monday's list had him just 13 places behind Shuzo Matsuoka's peak of No 46.

Nishikori's father, Kiyoshi, is an engineer, and his mother, Eri, is a piano teacher, but as soon as Kei picked up a racket at the age of five it was obvious that he had some tennis talent.

When Nishikori was 14, and when he couldn't speak a word of English, he moved to Florida to train at the Nick Bollettieri Academy, and such was the enthusiasm there for him to break Matsuoka's record that he was referred to as 'Project 45'.

"I hope to become the highest ranked Japanese man in tennis history this year. I've been surprised at how quickly I have moved up the rankings. I couldn't believe it when I won Delray Beach. That was the biggest jump for me." said Nishikori, who only turned 19 last month.

"I get a lot of attention in Japan. I get a good feeling from that. I live in the United States, and only go back for two months a year, and it's unbelievable the attention I get.

"In Tokyo and the other big cities, I always have people coming up to talk to me, to take pictures of me. Baseball and soccer are the most popular sports in Japan, but I hope I can make tennis more popular back home, I guess. It's getting more popular already. All the kids are starting to play, and maybe that's because of me."

One concern for 'Project 45' ahead of his first-round match against Austria's Jurgen Melzer is that he has some soreness in his arm. But he hopes he can make it past Melzer.

Maybe then he could set up a possible match with Murray. "I like Murray's tennis," said Nishikori. "Murray can do almost anything."

Ivanatis
01-19-2009, 11:41 PM
gooooo Kei beat the Austrian

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:44 PM
Hya RafKei!! :D
His footwork is looking great and his shot placement is as good as ever, he has wrongfooted Melzer several times already.
So far Melzer is winning in the winner count: 12 to Kei's five; maybe Kei is being cautious not to hit too hard.
He holds to 30 5-3* :)


Hya to Deck too! ;)

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:45 PM
Melzer's DF and UE (hitting FH long) gives Kei 2 SPs!

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:47 PM
One saved, Kei's FH downthe line just wide; Melzer saves the second SP with a good serve.
The Austrian holds. *5-4

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:51 PM
15-0 Melzer service return long
15-15 Kei FH long
15-30 Kei can't return Melzer drop volley.
15-40 Melzer FH cc winner :unsure:

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:52 PM
Ouch Melzer breaks back. :sad:
Kei's approach to the net ended up in giving Melzer a chance to pass...

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:55 PM
BP Kei. :)
Melzer volleys into the net.
Deuce....

*bunny*
01-19-2009, 11:57 PM
Ad Melzer...Kei is telling the ump Melzer's serve was fault.
But the ump won't change his mind. Melzer holds. 6-5*

Rafkei
01-20-2009, 12:00 AM
O oh, looking like a tie break, hope he will not be broken again

cmon kei!

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:01 AM
Kei's drop shot out, 15-30
Long rally, Kei's FH into the net 15-40...2 SP :unsure:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:02 AM
Good serve, 30-40
Booo Melzer passing shot gives him the first set 7-5 :(

Rafkei
01-20-2009, 12:03 AM
bad luck, Kei loses the first set 5-7

cmon Kei fight back

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:07 AM
Melzer's persistence won him the set in the end.
And he holds the first game to love. 1-0*

C'mon Kei, take the second and third and fourth set! :bounce:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:09 AM
Oops DF and Kei faces BP 30-40...

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:10 AM
Phew! Deuce. Melzer's FH long.

Rafkei
01-20-2009, 12:10 AM
Can't concentrate on my work, eventhough i cant watch the match and just viewing the scores, i am still nervous.

Bunny any sign of the elbow injury?

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:12 AM
Many short points back and forth and it's deuce again.

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:14 AM
RafKei, no so far he hasn't shown any sign of being in pain, and he's not wearig anything on his elbow (though his wrist band is kind of large).
But to me it looks like he's not hitting his FH as hard as usual. Maybe he's being cautious?

DF and broken. 0-2* :sad:

kinokino
01-20-2009, 12:17 AM
Come on Kei!!!

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:19 AM
15-30 Melzer FH winner
15-40 Kei BH into the net...
Broken: FH into the net.

:sad:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:22 AM
OK, 2BP on Melzer's serve. Take it!

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:23 AM
Kei one break back with a BH cc passing shot. :) *1-4

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:27 AM
Some fight is back in Kei's play. I think earlier in the second set he was more down mentally after losing the first set.

But Melzer's passing shots are very good so Kei can't come to the net easily.

And now another DF...back to deuce with a good serve. Phew!

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:29 AM
Finally a FH down the line winner. Ad Kei. :)
And Kei holds after Melzer dumps BH return into the net. 2-4*

Now break him!!

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:32 AM
Kei is starting to fight more with more brave shots, but narrowly missing what would have been outright winners.
Melzer holds. 5-2*

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:35 AM
0-15 Drop shot too short...
0-30 DF :sad:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:37 AM
15-30 185 kph ace. :)
30-30 FH winner dtl. :)
30-40 BH just wide. SP. :(

2-6 FH long :bigcry:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:43 AM
Second set stats:

First serve %: Kei 49%, Melzer 50%
Winners: Both 8
UEs: Kei 18, Melzer 4

The commentator here is Takeshi Murakami, who was Japan's Junior Davis Cup captain when Kei was in the team. He thinks Kei is not as patient as usual and that is contributing to his high error count.
Whether that lack of patience comes from feeling some pains or just frustration against Melzer I'm not sure, but he obviously lacks practice.
He changed shirt (the same white one) and took off even the wrist band so now he's wearing nothing on his right arm.

Now 2BPs after a rapid exchange at the net. :sad:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:47 AM
DF and 0-2*
Kei looks dejected. :sad:

And Melzer holds 3-0*

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:50 AM
Kei's changing racket at 15-30. Maybe the string was broken.

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:51 AM
0-4 :sad::sad::sad:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:53 AM
30-40! Good return winner.
Break!

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:55 AM
Deuce after another heated exchange at the net.
Kei put both his hands on the net after the point and looked down. :sad:

And the Austrian holds.
*0-5

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 12:58 AM
The temperature is approaching 38 C... :eeks:

Kei finally holds! 1-5*

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 01:01 AM
5-7 2-6 1-6 :sad:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 01:04 AM
Obviously he was not 100%, he lacked preparations and the hot weather and windy condition didn't help.
Hope this loss is a blessing in disguise and he can have enough time to rest his arm and prepre for San Jose in three weeks' time.

I hate people who ask for autographs after a player lost. :(

Rafkei
01-20-2009, 01:08 AM
Im really sad the Kei loss his first round match, but considering his situation (injury) and his opponent, (who is a seeded player)he can probably just let this defeat passed by and concentrate on the upcoming tournaments. Also he must learn from this defeat.

Still a good job Kei!

kinokino
01-20-2009, 01:11 AM
Thank you for a live, bunny. ;)
Unfortunately kei lost the match :sad:, but kept fighting to the last.
I wish he can play for San Jose at his best condition.:angel:

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 01:15 AM
You're welcome Kinokino! ;)
Yes at least he didn't have to retire and I'm sure he will be fired up in San Jose!

RafKei, I agree he has a lot to learn from this match and I'm sure he will!

Rafkei
01-20-2009, 01:51 AM
Thanks Bunny for those updates!

Anyway, did you think his injury factored in on that match?

I noticed that once Kei is losing his play continues to downgrade, winning only 1 to 2 games a set. I think that is what he needs to do, if he is losing he needs to find a way to get back and play his best tennis. That is what Federer and other top players are doing.

Because as we see on his other matches, if he is winning or he is ahead most of the time he ended up winning his match.

Hope for the best in San Jose!

*bunny*
01-20-2009, 02:23 AM
Thanks Bunny for those updates!

Anyway, did you think his injury factored in on that match?
I think so. The pains might have been gone or bearable, but he couldn't prepare well and was definitely playing with some uncertainty I think. He wasn't hitting as hard or freely as ususal, and hit his trademark jumping FH only once.

I noticed that once Kei is losing his play continues to downgrade, winning only 1 to 2 games a set. I think that is what he needs to do, if he is losing he needs to find a way to get back and play his best tennis. That is what Federer and other top players are doing.

Because as we see on his other matches, if he is winning or he is ahead most of the time he ended up winning his match.
Hmmm I'm not sure of that. I think for a young player Kei is pretty good at coming back from a set down, changing strategies and not allowig himself to break down mentally. That's what happened in Delray Beach SF and F, and at Queens against Nadal (though he lost in the decider).
I think what you said happens when he's physically not 100%, like when he played Sodering, and/or when he is playing against a player of similar veins, like Gasquet or Melzer, who don't rely on power and have abilities to mix up shots. And Melzer is a lefty, which makes things even more complicated. In hindsight maybe today's match up and conditions were a recipe for a bad loss for Kei. Sure he must learn to win these matches and I'm sure he will work on that.
Hope for the best in San Jose!
Definitely!

Rafkei
01-20-2009, 03:23 AM
Yeah that is probably what i wanted to point out. You nailed it! ;):angel:
If he is not healthy going into a match definitely it is gonna be a difficult task.

*bunny*
01-21-2009, 12:37 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-20/200901201232420288500.html

Kei Nishikori 20-01-09
Tuesday 20 January 2009

Q. Did you feel like you were under a lot of pressure to win that game today? Did the pressure affect you?

KEI NISHIKORI: No, I didn't have any pressure 'cause, of course, he's good and he's seeded. It was a little windy. But, no, I just didn't play well today.

Q. What happened after the 5‑3 lead?

KEI NISHIKORI: I went too fast, I guess, tried to win too early. Too many unforced errors. Yeah, I had so many chance, but...

Q. Then the match quickly got away from you after the first set?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I went a little down mentally I think, couldn't make any balls. No first serves. So, yeah, I couldn't play well today.

Q. Was the heat a factor?

KEI NISHIKORI: Little bit, but was okay 'cause went too quick, so...

Q. Maybe because you lost the first set you went mentally down because you thought you had to play three more sets in that heat to win the match?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I thought little bit. But, still, yeah, it wasn't too bad.

Q. Do you take any positives out of this match?

KEI NISHIKORI: I had a chance in the first set, 5‑3, 5‑4. So, yeah, if I had to get the game, maybe change, hold the game.

But not many things today.

Q. Your nickname at the academy is Project 45. Do you feel there's a lot of expectation on you or that you put on yourself?

KEI NISHIKORI: No, it's one of my goal, but it's not like final goal. I counted like my ranking sometimes. No, it doesn't give me pressure or something.

Q. Like the other guys joking around with you about it?

KEI NISHIKORI: What do you mean?

Q. The nickname, is it one you take seriously or is it a bit of a joke?

KEI NISHIKORI: I don't know. Someone just made up, so... I'm not really into it. It's one of my goal.

Q. What about all this media attention from your home country, does that give you extra pressure?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, not many guys to get like this chance. It's good feeling.

Q. You enjoy it?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I'm enjoying it.

=================================
Kei told the Japanese media the windy condition bothered him more than the heat. But he didn't make any excuse about the injury although to me he was at least underprepared because of that.

Rafkei
01-21-2009, 02:31 AM
If the injury did factored in on that match and Kei did not use it as an excuse, then its definitely a very mature way to present yourself after a very bad loss.

As he said, his mental thinking probably got him in that match. If he would just be able to win that first set i think it will be a very different story.

Goodluck to Kei on his next tournament. Bad side we have to wait for another 3 weeks before we see him play again, good side he'll definitely fitter come San Jose.

Papakori
01-21-2009, 06:18 AM
Kei :hug:

I thought it would be tough, but the scoreline was a little bit disappointing.

chewy
01-22-2009, 10:40 AM
Kei didn't look injured but did look dejected somewhat...
the last 2 sets was quite 1 sided, was unexpected.

and he lost the ryoma echizen san look :P
a head band instead of the usual cap...new look not working for him?