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*bunny*
02-28-2009, 11:28 AM
Group I Asia/Oceania 2009
2nd Round

Namihaya Dome, Kadoma, Osaka
Stadium Capacity: 2000
06 March - 08 March 2009
Day 1: 1200 hrs (0300 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1300 hrs (0400 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1100 hrs (0200 hrs GMT)
Surface: Carpet (Taraflex) - Indoors
Ball Type: Dunlop Fort

Official nominations
JAPAN
Kei Nishikori (#93, age 19)
Go Soeda (#106, age 24)
Satoshi Iwabuchi (#403, age 33)
Takao Suzuki (#500, age 32)
Team captain: Eiji Takeuchi

CHINA
Shao-Xuan ZENG (#583, age 27)
Ze ZHANG (#873, age 18)
Di WU (#1277, age 17)
Team captain: Ling LU

Davis Cup official site: http://www.daviscup.com/
Japan Tennis Association's Davis Cup site: http://daviscup.jp/2009/ao2r/index.shtml

*bunny*
02-28-2009, 11:38 AM
I don't know why the Chinese team has nominated only three players.:confused:
Ranking-wise, they look no match for Japan, but you can never underestimate anyone at Davis Cup! Two of the players are young, upcoming players, so their ranking may not reflect their true form.

Kei said at a press conference today that his arm is not yet 100%, and MR scan found that he had tendonitis on his arm. But he said it's definitely getting better and that he can play DC.

Good luck to Kei and all his team mates! :rocker:

*esther*
02-28-2009, 11:44 PM
Go Japan Go :bigclap:

gare315
03-01-2009, 03:13 AM
GL Kei, GL Japan!!

kinokino
03-01-2009, 05:42 AM
Go Kei! Ganbare Japan :yeah:

chewy
03-01-2009, 07:05 AM
thx for correcting me bunny, hope Kei can take pleasure in playing in front of the home crowd in Davis cup for the first time.
i like his attitude tho, transforming pressure to pleasure http://www.laymark.com/i/m/m155.gif (http://www.laymark.com)

gare315
03-01-2009, 11:34 AM
Hi bunny^^

Any live stream during DC??

hcfoo
03-05-2009, 07:46 AM
Found two photos taken at the DC press conference.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Qg6J04XZhR4/Sa-O9A9L2II/AAAAAAAAGDE/aJTxXGz4glc/s400/f-sp-090305-02-ns-big.jpg
Here's Kei with Zeng Shao-Xuan.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Qg6J04XZhR4/Sa-O9fyY9_I/AAAAAAAAGDM/XKy0uH7r-w0/s400/sp-090305-1-ns-big.jpg

*bunny*
03-05-2009, 05:01 PM
Tie details

Friday:
R1 - G.SOEDA (JPN) v. S.ZENG (CHN)
R2 - K.NISHIKORI (JPN) v. Z.ZHANG (CHN)

Saturday:
R3 - S.IWABUCHI / T.SUZUKI (JPN) v. S.ZENG / Z.ZHANG (CHN)

Sunday:
R4 - K.NISHIKORI (JPN) v. S.ZENG (CHN)
R5 - G.SOEDA (JPN) v. Z.ZHANG (CHN)

*bunny*
03-05-2009, 05:06 PM
hcfoo, thanx for the photos! ;)

Hi bunny^^

Any live stream during DC??
gare, sorry for this late reply.
I doubt there will be any live stream. The tie will be televised by Gaora in Japan, but I'm not a subscriber so I can't watch it on TV either (I'll be at work anyway.)

I think the livescore will be available at the JTA site.
http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/daviscup09ao2r/
http://score4.tennisonline.jp/score5/action/

*bunny*
03-05-2009, 05:30 PM
All the 2,000 tickets have long been sold out for the three days. According to the Japanese media, guards will be hired for the tie for the first time in Japan's Davis Cup history, because most of the spectators are coming to see Kei and there maybe some trouble.

I suspect many of the spectators who will be there don't even know how the DC works, like that Kei doesn't play doubles or that if Japan wins three rubbers by Saturday, Kei, the No.1 player of the country, won't play on Sunday under normal circumstances. I think he will play even the dead rubber this time just for the sake of the crowd and he probably wants to play in front of the home fans. Playing two five setters against a lesser opponent shouldn't be a problem for him physically, too. But I hope in the future there will be mutual understanding between the fans and the organisers that Kei may not play a dead rubber.

I say this because I've learned from some coverage of Kei's press conference that the reason he had MR scans on his arm was that the pain actually got worse about two weeks ago and at one point he thought about withdrawing from the tie. Fortunately, it got better so he decided to play, but I'm a bit worried about this whole situation that this injury, which turned out to be tendonitis, doesn't seem to go away, and I know that for tendonitis resting is the best way to deal with it.
I'm a bit surprised that he hadn't had an MR scan earlier and a little disappointed in his physical training staff.

OK, I'm starting to sound grumpy!
I wish all the best for the team Japan and I hope Kei will enjoy the experience! :)

bluequeda
03-05-2009, 10:55 PM
I suspect many of the spectators who will be there don't even know how the DC works, like that Kei doesn't play doubles or that if Japan wins three rubbers by Saturday, Kei, the No.1 player of the country, won't play on Sunday under normal circumstances. I think he will play even the dead rubber this time just for the sake of the crowd and he probably wants to play in front of the home fans. Playing two five setters against a lesser opponent shouldn't be a problem for him physically, too. But I hope in the future there will be mutual understanding between the fans and the organisers that Kei may not play a dead rubber.

I say this because I've learned from some coverage of Kei's press conference that the reason he had MR scans on his arm was that the pain actually got worse about two weeks ago and at one point he thought about withdrawing from the tie. Fortunately, it got better so he decided to play, but I'm a bit worried about this whole situation that this injury, which turned out to be tendonitis, doesn't seem to go away, and I know that for tendonitis resting is the best way to deal with it.
I'm a bit surprised that he hadn't had an MR scan earlier and a little disappointed in his physical training staff.


Thanks for the report bunny!
That does sound worrying. I hope Kei came to the decision under sound advice and didn't 'force' himself to play because he didn't want to let the team and fans down. Much as I love the Davis Cup, it still comes second after players' health.

tennisace21
03-05-2009, 10:58 PM
Kei is awesome<3

*bunny*
03-06-2009, 04:19 AM
Soeda won. 6-2 7-6(4) 6-3 :)

C'mon Kei! :yippee:

*bunny*
03-06-2009, 06:49 AM
Kei won too! 6-4 7-5 6-2. :)
Couldn't see the match. Maybe he had a bit slow start but looks like he finished emphatically!

Good luck to Takao and Iwabuchi tomorrow! :rocker:

kinokino
03-06-2009, 07:00 AM
Good job!!! Go & Kei :bigclap:

chewy
03-06-2009, 11:50 AM
Very good, 2 love lead! :D

*esther*
03-06-2009, 12:52 PM
well done! :D

*bunny*
03-07-2009, 02:21 AM
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C03%5C07%5Cstory_7-3-2009_pg2_15

Japan lead 2-0 against China

OSAKA: Tennis ace Kei Nishikori beat Zhang Ze to give Japan a 2-0 lead over China in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania zone Group One second-round tie on Friday.

The 19-year-old Nishikori, who caused a sensation by winning his first ATP title a year ago, struggled with the strong serve of 18-year-old Zhang, who hit a total of 13 aces. But Nishikori pulled off a late break in each set to score a solid 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory in the second singles match.

Earlier, Go Soeda put Japan one up by beating Zeng Shaoxuan 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in the best-of-five contest.

On Saturday, Takao Suzuki and Satoshi Iwabuchi will take on Zeng and Zhang in the doubles match before Sunday’s reverse singles. The winners of the tie will meet either Uzbekistan or South Korea in the third round May 8-10. afp

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In the post-match interview Kei said he's happy he could win in a tense atmosphere of a live rubber, compared to his first DC victory in a dead rubbber last year in India.
His arm is not 100% yet and sometimes he can't hit the way he wanted. He also thinks the other pros on tour have studied the way he plays and what his weaknesses are, so the challenges he's facing is getting tougher and tougher. But he wants to do well in the two big tournaments in US (IW and Miami) so that his ranking can go up again.
In a recent interview on a Japanese newspaper he said he really loves tennis now more than ever that he can't think of living without it. :)

Good luck to him if he's playing tomorrow!

*bunny*
03-07-2009, 04:42 AM
Suzuki & Iwabuchi def. Zeng and Ze 6-2 6-3 6-2 :D

*bunny*
03-07-2009, 08:15 AM
Kei has said he won't play tomorrow because his arm feels very tense.
A sensible decision I think. Takao Suzuki will play instead.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/news/20090307-OYT1T00678.htm

kinokino
03-07-2009, 09:32 AM
Kei :hug:
I hope he will get well soon.

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 08:56 AM
Japan beat China 5-0! :yeah:

Takao Suzuki def. Di Wu 6-2 6-3
Go Soeda def. Ze Zhang 4-6 6-3 6-2

In the third round, Japan will face either South Korea or Uzbekistan from May 8-10. At the moment, the Uzbeks lead the South Koreans 2-1.

The next tie will be in Japan if the opponents are the South Koreans, and in Uzbekistan if it's the Uzbeks.

The problem for Kei is he will have to fly back to Asia in the middle of the European clay court season, in the same week as Munich/Estoril/Belgrade and the week before Kitzbuhel (moved from Portschach) and World Team Championship.
Japan usually doesn't play in WTC, but it's a pity he can't enter Munich/Estoril/Belgrade and Kitz because those tournaments would be easier for him to enter than the Masters Series events and Balcelona, which Kei will have to qualify.

Uzbekistan will probably choose clay, but South Korea may choose a faster surface, so from Kei's point of view, it would be easier to prepare for the Uzbeks, although Istomin will be tough to beat at home.

Unlike this time, Japan will probably need Kei to advance next time. If they win, they can then play in the World Group play-off in September.

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 10:59 AM
Japan will face Uzbekistan in the Asia-Oceania zonal tie third round from May 8-10, in Uzbekistan, after the Uzbeks have beaten South Korea 3-1.

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:18 PM
Some photos from the tie (from the JTA official site):

From open practice session on March 4

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidcr2practice1.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2practice2.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2practice3.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2practice4.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:21 PM
From prematch press conference on March 4:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2pc3.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2pc2.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2pc1.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:22 PM
From reception party on March 4:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2party2.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2party1.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:25 PM
From draw ceremony on March 6:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2draw1.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2draw2.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2draw3.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:36 PM
Kei responds to call on the first day:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-1.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:37 PM
Go Soeda

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/dc09r2soeda3.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/dc09r2soeda.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:40 PM
Kei plays on Day 1:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-2.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-3.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-4.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-5.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-6.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-7.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day1-8.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:42 PM
Doubles on Day 2

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/dc09r2doubles1.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/dc09r2doubles2.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/dc09r2doubles3.jpg

*bunny*
03-08-2009, 12:44 PM
After victory on Day 2:

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day2-1.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day2-2.jpg

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/yusa1023/keidc09r2day2-3.jpg

Kei's team wear looks oversized. :lol:

More pics on here:
http://daviscup.jp/2009/ao2r/gallery.html

kinokino
03-09-2009, 10:48 AM
Thank you for the photos, bunny!
Good luck to Japan team in the next match against Uzbeks :yeah:

*bunny*
03-06-2011, 11:57 AM
Japan beat the Philippines 3-1 and advanced to R2 of the Asia/Oceania Group 1 on July 8-10. :)

Kei didn't play this tie but Japan's DC captain says he will probably play the next tie, a home tie vs Uzbekistan.
It will be in the week after Wimbledon; Kei will have to make another long journey from UK to Japan and onto US summer hc season but hope he'll be OK and enjoy the experience.

*bunny*
07-07-2011, 02:51 PM
ASIA / OCEANIA GROUP I QF

Venue: Bourbon Beans Dome, Kobe, Japan

R1 T. ITO vs D. ISTOMIN
R2 K. NISHIKORI vs F. DUSTOV
R3 K. NISHIKORI/G. SOEDA vs M. INOYATOV/D. ISTOMIN
R4 K. NISHIKORI vs D. ISTOMIN
R5 T. ITO vs F. DUSTOV


Kei vs Istomin is the highlight of the tie but both are scheduled to play all three rubbers. :o
Good luck to Kei and Team Japan! :yeah:

http://www.daviscup.com/en/home.aspx

Scores etc should be available at the JTA's DC site:
http://www.jta-tennis.or.jp/daviscup/2011/ao2r/index.shtml

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 04:00 AM
JTA sucks. :stupid:
No TV, no decent livescore...

Ito two sets down to Istomin. 3-3 in the third set.

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 05:27 AM
Kei vs Dustov 5-5 in the first set.
C'mon Kei!

Ito lost to Istomin in straight sets...

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 06:05 AM
Kei drops the first set 6-7(2). :(
2-2 in the second set.

The venue is a slick indoor court.
This country can't even prepare a court that suits its No.1 player... :rolleyes:

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 06:08 AM
Kei leads *4-2 in the second set. :D

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 06:20 AM
2nd set 6-3. :)

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 06:43 AM
3-1 3rd set. :)

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 06:53 AM
3rd set 6-1. :)

*bunny*
07-08-2011, 07:09 AM
Apparenrly Dustov has retired.

Japan vs Uzbekistan 1-1


Good luck to Kei and Go in doubles tomorrow!!

DanaKz
07-08-2011, 07:16 AM
Well done Kei!

Royston63
07-08-2011, 08:10 AM
Apparenrly Dustov has retired.

Japan vs Uzbekistan 1-1


Good luck to Kei and Go in doubles tomorrow!!

ty good news.. Kei has won :)

misty1
07-08-2011, 08:52 PM
good job kei

chewy
07-09-2011, 03:24 AM
JTA sucks. :stupid:
No TV, no decent livescore...

Ito two sets down to Istomin. 3-3 in the third set.

:o Such a shame that there's no live stream, but they should at least televise it within Japan!
I couldn't find Aust vs China as well, both Tomic and Hewitt is playing but because it's in China there's no tv coverage.

I'm glad Kei leveled the tie though.
Good luck in doubles

ex hopman
07-09-2011, 05:06 AM
Doubles 1st set 7-5!!

ex hopman
07-09-2011, 06:03 AM
2nd set, 7-6(5)... came back from 2-5... and tibreak 2-5 too!

*bunny*
07-09-2011, 06:54 AM
They won! 7-5 in the 3rd! :D

chewy
07-09-2011, 07:33 AM
Thanks for the updates guys, this was a crucial rubber.
The win should take some pressure off Kei's singles rubber against Istomin, go Japan!

ex hopman
07-10-2011, 05:31 AM
Kei won, and Japan won!!


Kei (5)6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3

Itomin's serve was really impressive and strong, but Kei seemed to be able to adjust and manage them well.

misty1
07-10-2011, 12:46 PM
congrats kei! and congrats to japan

*bunny*
07-10-2011, 01:34 PM
Yay for Japan team!

Soeda beat Istoyanov in the 5th rubber so they won 4-1. :)


Kei serving for the match:

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Japan beat Uzbekistan in Davis Cup
(AFP) – 5 hours ago

KOBE, Japan — Japanese ace Kei Nishikori defeated Denis Istomin to take an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Uzbekistan to reach a play-off for the Davis Cup World Group.

Nishikori, who also won the first singles and doubles matches, on Sunday scored a 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 victory in the best-of-five contest of the Asia-Oceania zone Group One second round tie.

Nishikori was ranked 50th against Istomin's 68th this week.

Istomin gave Uzbekistan a kickstart beating Tatsuma Ito in the opener on Friday, but Farrukh Dustov abandoned the second singles match to Nishikori due to dehydration before Nishikori and Go Soeda won the doubles on Saturday.


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Yep. Dustov retired due to dehydration on Friday.
Apparently it was very humid inside the stadium so it was tough both for the players as well as the crowd. Reportedly Kei also was close to suffering heat stroke in and indoor stadium. The humidity was 80% inside (!!) and Kei changed shirts 7 or 8 times. :o
As much as I am happy about Japan's victory, I think it was awful for both countries. I guess the JTA chose a venue that is far enough from the Fukushima nuclear plant, but there are cooler places in Japan too, like Hokkaido or in some mountain resorts. :donno:

*bunny*
07-13-2011, 02:20 PM
Japan will host India in the World Group playoff on Sept 16-18!

http://www.daviscup.com/en/news/articles/draw-made-for-world-group-play-offs-%281%29.aspx

misty1
07-13-2011, 02:24 PM
japan is definately in with a chance

kei should be able to win both os his singles matches and then it just comes down to go soeda or tatsumo ito winning at least one of the others ones

DanaKz
07-13-2011, 06:32 PM
Yes... But indian double... Anyway, it's best possible draw for Japan.

misty1
07-14-2011, 10:59 PM
yes india is a lock for doubles but like i said kei should win both of his singles matches and then its just down to whoever the 2nd player for japan is to get another singles win

and india's 2nd singles players isnt very good

*bunny*
09-11-2011, 01:45 PM
World Group Playoff
Date: 16 Sep - 18 Sep 2011
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan
Start times:
Day 1: 13.00 hrs (04.00 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 14.00 hrs (05.00 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 13.00 hrs (04.00 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Deco Turf II), Outdoor
Ball: Srixon

Japan:
Kei NISHIKORI, Date of birth: 29 Dec 1989, Singles ranking: 46
Tatsuma ITO, Date of birth: 18 May 1988, Singles ranking: 127
Go SOEDA, Date of birth: 05 Sep 1984, Singles ranking: 123
Yuichi SUGITA, Date of birth: 18 Sep 1988, Singles ranking: 174

India:
Somdev DEVVARMAN, Date of birth: 13 Feb 1985, Singles ranking: 64
Rohan BOPANNA, Date of birth: 04 Mar 1980, Singles ranking: 558
Leander PAES, Date of birth: 17 Jun 1973, Doubles ranking: 8
Mahesh BHUPATHI, Date of birth: 07 Jun 1974, Doubles ranking: 6

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Kei's injuries tend to occur after playing Davis Cup. But he says he loves playing for Japan, so if he's decided to play I hope all the best to him and Team Japan!
But I pray the Japanese captain won't force him to play three rubbers...! Japan will have no chance against Bhupathi and Paes anyway.

This time the tie will be played at Ariake Colosseum, the venues for Japan Open. So it will also be a valuable match practice for Kei before the tournament.

*bunny*
09-15-2011, 07:35 AM
Captain Takeuchi will make Kei play three rubbers again. :o
Don't know why he will use Sugita in singles, not Soeda or Ito, though Sugita is not a bad player.

R1 Y. SUGITA S. v. DEVVARMAN
R2 K. NISHIKORI v. R. BOPANNA
R3 K. NISHIKORI/G. SOEDA v. R. BOPANNA/V. VARDHAN
R4 K. NISHIKORI v. S. DEVVARMAN
R5 Y. SUGITA v. R. BOPANNA


I'm going on Sunday and will report on the matches later. :)

*bunny*
09-16-2011, 05:53 AM
Sugita leads Devvarman 6-3 6-4. :)

He beat Devvarman in Japan Open qualifying in 2009 and put up a goot fight against Somdev at the Aptos challenger last year, losing in three sets. Maybe that's why the captain picked him to play the first rubber. Still, he must be playing really well and Somdev may have some problems.

*bunny*
09-16-2011, 06:46 AM
Sugita def. Devvarman 6-3 6-4 7-5! :yippee:

*bunny*
09-16-2011, 07:54 AM
Kei leads Bopanna 6-3. :)

*bunny*
09-16-2011, 08:52 AM
6-3 6-2 6-2 :)

Japan 2-0 India

misty1
09-16-2011, 12:04 PM
great day for japan, puts them in a really great position to win this

chewy
09-16-2011, 07:05 PM
Great start from Japan, and it's a nice surprise win from Sugita not knowing his history against Somdev.
And to win it in straight sets!


I'm going on Sunday and will report on the matches later. :):yeah: Enjoy and hope you'll get some great matches.

Btw, bunny do you know of any live streams for the Japen vs India tie? I didn't see any from the usual livescorehunter.
Would be great to be able to watch both singles and doubles, I'm quite fascinated with the doubles rubber if Kei plays.

kinokino
09-17-2011, 12:03 AM
Go Japan!
Thank you bunny!!
I am looking forward to your report.:D

*bunny*
09-17-2011, 02:41 AM
Great start from Japan, and it's a nice surprise win from Sugita not knowing his history against Somdev.
And to win it in straight sets!

:yeah: Enjoy and hope you'll get some great matches.

Btw, bunny do you know of any live streams for the Japen vs India tie? I didn't see any from the usual livescorehunter.
Would be great to be able to watch both singles and doubles, I'm quite fascinated with the doubles rubber if Kei plays.
Looks like Ito and Sugita will play doubles, according to the captain Takeuchi's quote on the JTA site. You know what, as you know, this is a very important tie that Japan may be able to return to the World Group for the first time in 27 years, and THERE'S NO TV BROADCAST! :(
This is how tennis is treated in Japan. People may know Kimiko, Kei, Shuzo, Ai, et al, but only hardcore tennis fans have seen them play. ...Well, it was a bit different when Kimiko and Shuzo were playing at their peak, there were more TV coverage. But now it's only two paid channels (WOWOW and GAORA) that air tennis regularly. Even public broadcaster NHK doesn't bother with tennis except during Wimbledon. :(

So we have to rely on streaming to watch our player play in our country! I was at work yesterday during the matches and I'm in office today too so I can't watch doubles either but I guess there will be some live streaming on LiveScoreHunter, FromSports, etc? Will post the link if I find any on Japanese sites.

Also, apparently Devvarman had a shoulder problem during the match yesterday, so that probably contributed to the outcome. He'll probably sit out the doubles too to be ready vs Kei on Sunday.

*bunny*
09-17-2011, 05:27 AM
Chewy, there's a link to live streaming for the doubles match on Livescorehunter.com. ;)
http://www.lshunter.tv/index.php?option=com_lsh&view=lsh&event_id=62230&tv_id=439&tid=25414&channel=0&tmpl=component&layout=popup&Itemid=327

chewy
09-17-2011, 06:03 AM
Thanks bunny, I was checking livescorehunter while I read your post! (can watch it now...end of 1st set)
Yesterday I was at work, so couldn't see it anyway, but hopefully I can see Kei's singles rubber tomorrow :D

So are there any japanese pay TV that covers this tie live in Japan?
It's ashame the free to air don't promote it more to the public though.

*bunny*
09-17-2011, 06:10 AM
Thanks bunny, I was checking livescorehunter while I read your post! (can watch it now...end of 1st set)
Yesterday I was at work, so couldn't see it anyway, but hopefully I can see Kei's singles rubber tomorrow :D
:yeah:

So are there any japanese paid TV that covers this tie live in Japan?
It's ashame the free to air don't promote it more to the public though.
Nope. Not even WOWOW that shows summaries of World Group matches when everyone has forgotten about it. :o
J-Sports used to cover DC matches but not anymore. It's a real shame! :(
Sadly, for many people in Japan tennis is something you do for fun, not a spectators' sports. :shrug:
But tickets sell very well at Japan Open and Toray Panpacific, so I think many people will watch it if it's on TV. I guess it's just free-to-air TVs are being lazy they don't like to be involved in tennis broadcast because you'd never know when the match will end. :sad:

*bunny*
09-17-2011, 06:17 AM
Btw, the guy wearing a white cap is Ito, and the guy with a black headband is Sugita. :)

(I'm sneaking watching it now at work. :p)

chewy
09-17-2011, 11:21 AM
:yeah:


Nope. Not even WOWOW that shows summaries of World Group matches when everyone has forgotten about it. :o
J-Sports used to cover DC matches but not anymore. It's a real shame! :(
Sadly, for many people in Japan tennis is something you do for fun, not a spectators' sports. :shrug:
But tickets sell very well at Japan Open and Toray Panpacific, so I think many people will watch it if it's on TV. I guess it's just free-to-air TVs are being lazy they don't like to be involved in tennis broadcast because you'd never know when the match will end. :sad:
I wonder if Kei can make a bigger impact to change this if he can get a breakthrough...hopefully soon.

I recgonise Ito and Sugita, and I know Sugita is the shorter dude.
(Maybe Ito uses same racquet as Kei, except Kei has a custom paint job)
I only watched part of the 2nd set, couldn't finish it because the video was lagging horribly.
Probably something wrong with my flash pluggin cause the internet connection was fine...they play pretty well and it was very close. Japan lost in the 4th set tb.

I'm hoping to see a good clean competitive match from Kei vs Somdev.
And the crowds pretty cool, they applaud both sides and seems to appreciate the sport.

DanaKz
09-18-2011, 09:17 AM
Congratulations! :dance:

misty1
09-18-2011, 12:03 PM
congrats guys:)

*bunny*
09-21-2011, 10:31 AM
Hi guys, sorry for the lateness!
Was too tired to post anything yesterday and been very busy the past couple of days. Also the cable for connecting my digital camera with PC went missing until yesterday! :o

I went to see the final day of the DC playoff on Sunday.
It was a brutally hot day, at 33 degrees C! We do have scorching days in Septe
mber, but not as often and long as this year... (And turned out it was probably the last hot day this year because the temperature dropped from Monday and today we have a typhoon ravaging central Japan. :()
I got a reserved seat on the third row on courtside...very close from the cour
t. But it was on the sunny side (I usually buy seats in the shade but this tim
e I was too late to get one). I put on a lot of sun cream, but it was still to
o hot that it was almost painful. So after the first three games I moved up to
an unreserved seat in the shade.

I think the temperature on court must have been well over 40 degrees, 50 degrees even. Maybe because of that Kei started the match in a rather languish manner. His shots didn't have bites and he looked to be in "do-we-really-have-to-play-in-this-heat?" mode.
By contrast, Vishnu Vardhan, who is ranked #453 and stepped in to replace injured Devvarman, played very well from the start. He mostly plays futures and challengers in India and other Asian countries, so this was his first match on an international level (albeit still in Asia). He's 24 and I think he will move up the rankings quickly if he can play at that level more often. His biggest weapon is his serve and he's not afraid to come forward too.
The set was very close until 5-5, and Kei broke the opponent's game with a superb BH dtl winner.

From the second set, Kei started moving more agilely, and his winner count grew rapidly, while Vardhan's UEs started increasing...it became more and more like a match between a top 60 player and a top 500 player as it should be. Kei broke Vardhan's game with an Air Kei (I don't like to use the term very often but I think Kei went for it on that point. :)), and by the time the third set started, he sprinted to the position from his chair.
As expected he tightened up when he had first two MPs on Vardhan's serve and then at 40-0 when serving for the match. At 40-30, however, he won the match with an ace, then he raised his arms high.

After the match the team Japan went into a celebration mode. The four players in the team held a large Japanese flag and walked around the court. And then all the members, from the captain and coaches to players and ex-players, made a bow and then waved hands to all four sides of the crowd.

Soeda and Bopanna played the dead rubber later, but Bopanna called a trainer to receive treatment on his foot (I think), and he quit when leading 5-4* on serve.

One thing I noticed watching Kei's and Vardhan's match was a possible influence on them by the USO final between Djokovic and Rafa. It seemed to me they were chasing after evey ball, even the ones they probably wouldn't have tried to retrieve before. It made the match all the more exciting although I hope they won't injure themselves by trying to do the impossible if you know what I mean!

Anyway it's been a great three days of tennis for Japan. India had a tough luck with both Devvarman and Paes getting injured. Hope they will be back in the Wolrd Group too so that there will be atleast two countries from Asia in the elite group of tennis.

Will post pics when I get home. (I'm stuck at office because many train services are being suspended or overcrowded in Tokyo because of the damn typhoon that passed near here a few hours ago. :()

kinokino
09-22-2011, 12:11 AM
Thanks for the detailed report, bunny! :hug:
It is great win for Japan. But I hope Kei injury free.

I know the sun is so strong in Ariake. The sunburn is awful.:o
Take care!

chewy
09-22-2011, 06:10 PM
@bunny, Thanks for sharing your Davis Cup experience!

It sounds like the heat was unbearable! I'd hate to play under those conditions but this is all part of the game...

I watch most of the match as well, the start surprised me because the games was close. Vardhan was going toe-to-toe in the 1st set, made it more interesting but also got me a bit worried :P
I can see it was sunny and the commentator did mention the extreme heat as well but you tend to forget when you're watching it online in comfort.

The last point + celebration was great to see, sad for the Indian team though.
I look forward to seeing some pics whenever you get around to it! thanks so much

misty1
09-23-2011, 08:29 PM
thanks for the recap bunny :)

*bunny*
09-24-2011, 05:38 AM
Sorry, chewy, I promise I'll post the photos tonight!



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

Japan will host Croatia in February!
Kei vs Cilic again?

http://www.daviscup.com/en/news/articles/draw-for-2012-davis-cup-world-group.aspx

Draw for 2012 Davis Cup: World Group

BANGKOK, THAILAND: The Draw for the 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group was made on 21 September at the Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok. The first round ties will be played on 10-12 February.

This year's finalists Spain and Argentina, the top two seeds for 2012, received contrasting fortunes in the Draw, while the pick of the ties sees 32-time champions USA travel to Switzerland.

Spain, fresh from booking their place in the final with a 4-1 win over France at the weekend, will be at home against Kazakhstan in a first meeting between the two nations. The Kazakhs made their World Group debut in 2011 and went on to reach the quarterfinals.

Argentina, who defeated defending champions Serbia 3-2 to reach the final, face a tricky away clash with Germany. The Argentines lead their series 5-2, although they were whitewashed 5-0 the last time the two nations met on German soil, in 1991.

Switzerland and USA will be doing battle for the fourth time when they go head-to-head, and home advantage has always proved pivotal in the past with the Americans holding a 2-1 advantage. The Swiss only gained promotion to the World Group on Monday when they finally sealed a 3-2 victory over Australia after bad light stopped play on Sunday.

Another intriguing match-up sees France travel to newly promoted Canada, while defending champions Serbia are at home against Sweden. The remaining ties see Austria welcome Russia, Czech Republic host Italy, and Japan face Croatia.


WORLD GROUP

- Spain (s)(c)(*) v Kazakhstan

- Russia (s) v Austria (c)

- France (s) v Canada (c)(*)

- USA (s) v Switzerland (c)

- Italy v Czech Republic (s)(c)

- Sweden v Serbia (s)(c)

- Japan (c)(*) v Croatia (s)

- Germany (c) v Argentina (s)


KEY
- [s] Seed
- [c] Choice of Ground
- Decided by lot

*bunny*
09-24-2011, 01:45 PM
DC pics posted on the photo thread. :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=130877&page=11

DanaKz
09-24-2011, 06:54 PM
Great pics bunny! thanks!

misty1
09-25-2011, 12:15 PM
thanks for the pics bunny:)

kinokino
09-26-2011, 12:14 AM
Thank you bunny!
It's a really dazzling sunlight. :cool:

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 04:19 AM
Japan vs Croatia (indoor, hard)
R1 G. SOEDA v I. DODIG
R2 K. NISHIKORI v I. KARLOVIC
R3 T. ITO/Y. SUGITA v I. KARLOVIC/L. ZOVKO
R4 K. NISHIKORI v I. DODIG
R5 G. SOEDA v I. KARLOVIC


Soeda has just dropped the first set to Dodig. 6-7(3).
He came back from a break down to 4-4 and forced a deuce when Dodig was serving to stay in the set...
C'mon Go, take the second set!


The venue used for this tie is in Miki, Hyogo Prefecture, in western Japan. JTA couldn't use the Ariake Stadium in Tokyo, which is much larger, due to a scheduled refurbishment work. It's a shame they couldn't use the best stadium available in the country for Japan's first World Group tie in 27 years and when Kei's popularity has multiplied after his QF run in AO. This venue doesn't even have a proper air conditioning system so they had to bring in 30 extra heaters because it's very cold all over Japan at the moment.

Stronga23
02-10-2012, 05:34 AM
Soeda takes third set!!!!! :D

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 06:15 AM
Soeda levels from 2 sets down!!
6-7(3) 3-6 6-4 6-3! :yippee:

Stronga23
02-10-2012, 06:49 AM
Huge hold Go!!! :rocker2:

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:00 AM
Great return winner! 4-4* 15-30!

...and 15-40! :D
Great approach to the net!

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:04 AM
Mmm Dodig holds from 15-40. *4-5

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:13 AM
Return winner again and it's 15-40! Break this time, Go!

And he breaks as Dodig's FH goes long!! :yeah:

*6-5!

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:17 AM
40-0!

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:17 AM
Soeda wins! 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-5! :D

DanaKz
02-10-2012, 07:17 AM
Bravo Go!

chewy
02-10-2012, 07:20 AM
Go Japan!

I like players from both sides...completely forgot this tie was on, lucky I checked out live scores for current matches. Still get to see Kei play!

gare315
02-10-2012, 07:28 AM
Great win!!

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:43 AM
Kei and Ivo entered the court. :)

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:57 AM
Kei holds from deuce. 1-0*
He's a bit tight.

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 07:58 AM
Great pass to take the first point from Dr Ivo! 0-15!

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 08:03 AM
Nice FH winner to hold. 2-1* :)

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 08:22 AM
4-4 30-40 :unsure:

Hold, Kei!

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 08:23 AM
Frame shot and Kei broken. 4-5* :o

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 08:27 AM
4-6 :o

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 08:47 AM
Ouch.

Kei broken with a DF. 2-3* :(
With Dr Ivo's big serve, it seems Kei can't get into his rhythm...

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 09:04 AM
4-6 4-6 :sad:

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 09:33 AM
O dear... Kei dropped the long service game and it's 3-4*... :facepalm:

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 09:43 AM
4-6 4-6 3-6

No come back from the dead today. :(

*bunny*
02-10-2012, 10:01 AM
I have a sneak feeling Kei may play doubles tomorrow. Could be wrong.

petar_pan
02-10-2012, 10:08 AM
Bravo bunny, good work.
Pitty (for Croatia) Dodig didn't convert 2:0 in win. We would have good shot to close this tie tommorrow.
Karlovic really played well last 2 matches while Nishikori was on too big pressure today.

God, I love this DC the most. That is tennis. They would instant kill DC if would be just one ordinary tournament.

chewy
02-12-2012, 02:08 AM
The first reverse singles will start in an hour... not sure what to think of it, both players are probably low on confidence now and Dodig is so unpredictable.

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:22 AM
Kei down a break 0-2*...2 DFs in one game won't do any good, Kei!
Apparently he was feeling really down after losing to Karlovic on Friday. Hope he's keeping his motivation up for today.

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:32 AM
*1-4
Dodig is serving really well. Kei must find the way to return it more effectively and/or wait for the moment when Dodig's level drops down a bit, which will happen eventually.

TV said yesterday Kei loosened the string tension by 10 pounds to make it more suitable for the cold condition, which might have backfired...

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:38 AM
Adv Kei! Break now!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:40 AM
Gmmm Dodig holds. *2-5

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:50 AM
Deuce!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:51 AM
Dodig's FH wide and it's BP for Kei!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:52 AM
Another BP! nice rally!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:54 AM
Kei breaks back with a magnificent BH dtl return winner!!!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 03:59 AM
5-5!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 04:06 AM
Great lob! Adv Kei!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 04:06 AM
Kei breaks! *6-5 :D

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 04:10 AM
7-5 :)

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 04:20 AM
Kei breaks the first game of the second set, with a drop shot!
*1-0

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 04:33 AM
0-40 :o

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 04:34 AM
2-2* :(

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:06 AM
*5-6

Trainer for Dodig, giving him massage on his thigh.

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:11 AM
Popular comedian Takaaki Ishibashi is in the stand watching the match. He's a big tennis fan and has played with Kei and Shuzo Matsuoka in his own hilarious sports variety show twice, last year and this year.

Kei serving to stay in the set. 15-15

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:12 AM
Tie break!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:18 AM
5-2!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:19 AM
FH return winner and set point Kei! *6-3

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:20 AM
7-5 7-6(3)!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:39 AM
Beautiful drop shot and BP for Kei! 2-1* 30-40!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:40 AM
Nice angle and BP#2!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:41 AM
Kei breaks! *3-1 :yippee:

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:46 AM
Mmmm lots of overhitting and Dodig immediately breaks back. 3-2*

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:49 AM
0-40! :yippee:

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:51 AM
Kei's lob...out...he challenges...and it's out by half and inch.
Deuce.

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:54 AM
Dodig holds from 0-40 down. *3-3
He must be tired after playing three days in a row. But he's coping well so far.

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 05:56 AM
Nice and easy hold, even with an ace. 4-3*

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 06:04 AM
Kei breaks!! *5-3

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 06:05 AM
40-0! 3 Mp!

*bunny*
02-12-2012, 06:06 AM
Ace and 7-5 7-6(3) 6-3! :woohoo:

chewy
02-12-2012, 06:24 AM
Kei must've felt like he disappointed everyone in Japan for his lost to Ivo.
I'm glad he picked up his spirit and won this in straights.

I think both players were feeling kinda down after their first respective singles rubber.
Now, Soeda has a huge task ahead, all the best Go!

chewy
09-15-2013, 08:42 AM
Kei won both of his singles in straights and Japan won the tie 3-2 against Colombia!

kiriri***
09-17-2013, 03:53 PM
Kei:D I'm grad to see he played well again. Especially his terrible performance in USOP series.
He didn't drop any sets against Falla and Giraldo.