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2011 ATP World Tour 1000 (for March): second stop, Miami - Sony Ericsson Open

Rafkei
03-09-2011, 05:20 AM
BNP Paribas Open : Indian Wells, California, USA

The men's draw is now up and Kei is set to play Igor Andreev in the first round. If he wins his opener, he will play Roger Federer...yes your eyes are not hallucinating :D Federer got a bye in the 1st round and he'll await the winner of the match between Kei and Igor.

Here is the bottom half of the draw:

Mardy Fish vs BYE
Milos Raonic vs Marsel Ilhan
Ryan Harrision vs Jeremy Chardy
Guillermo Garcia Lopez vs BYE

Juan Ignacio Chela vs BYE
Philipp Petzschner vs Dustin Brown
Igor Andreev vs Kei Nishikori
Roger Federer vs BYE

Full men's singles draw: http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/Scores/Draws.aspx
Tournament website: http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/

Get em Air Kei! :worship:

*bunny*
03-09-2011, 06:21 AM
Thanx! Rafkei! :worship: :worship: :worship:

First Igor. His ranking has slumped to #96 this week, he's not the same player when he was in top 20, still a very dangerous player from the baseline. Hope Kei wins and get a chance to face Fed!! :D

minh
03-09-2011, 09:07 AM
Yeah, Igor is still so dangerous, i guess Kei will have a hard match agianst him. If win, Federer is available, nothing to say, just hope he do his best. Federer now is not unbeatable anymore :)

chewy
03-09-2011, 10:22 AM
One step at a time, good luck Kei!

*bunny*
03-10-2011, 07:11 AM
Top hale of the draw play today so Kei vs Igor should be on Thursday.

According to BG's twitter, Kei practiced with Gulbis on Monday.

Good luck, Kei! :D

*bunny*
03-11-2011, 08:35 AM
The quake was really scary! I live in Tokyo and that's the biggest one I've felt in my life! :scared:

Kei plays the third match on Stadium 3 on Friday. Good luck! :)

DanaKz
03-11-2011, 09:09 AM
Oh my god Bunny it's awful :sad: Hope your friends and relatives are all right.
Condolences to all Japanese people

chewy
03-11-2011, 02:45 PM
The quake was really scary! I live in Tokyo and that's the biggest one I've felt in my life! :scared:

Kei plays the third match on Stadium 3 on Friday. Good luck! :)

That was horible and scary news when I saw the warning on google, so many countries affected.
It seems there're so many natural disasters recently or I've just been more aware of it...

Hope Kei can play well, and maybe I get to watch it online.

*bunny*
03-12-2011, 01:24 AM
Kei lost 4-6 7-6(2) 4-6.... :bigcry:

Apparently he DF'ed many times.... 4 in the 1st set and 2 on crucial moments in the decider.
According to the IW site, he was wearing a black ribbon. His home is in Shimane, which was in the area least affected by the quake, but it must have been a big shock for him, all those horrible horrible images from the quake and tsunami... :sad:

chewy
03-12-2011, 01:51 AM
Everything else seems so insignificant when something so horrible is happening back home, my prayers go to all thoses affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

Hope Kei takes his time to get in touch with his love ones back in Japan.

*bunny*
03-12-2011, 05:18 AM
Mar 12, 2011
Japan players reach out to loved ones

INDIAN WELLS (California) - JAPANESE tennis players expressed shock and sadness on Friday after the nation's biggest-ever earthquake triggered monster tsunami waves that washed away coastal towns.

Japan's top ranked male Kei Nishikori said he couldn't help but think of the devastating news as he played his opening match at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters 1000 tournament on Friday.

'I was shocked yesterday and today, but I had to concentrate on my game,' said Nishikori who lost 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4. 'Inside in my heart I was thinking.' The 20-year-old Nishikori wore a black ribbon on his chest in honour of those who who died in the devastation. He said his heart goes out to those who lost loved ones and their livelihoods.

'(Earthquakes) happen a lot in Japan especially,' he said. 'I knew it was going to happen sometime in a hundred years, but I didn't know it's going to happen like soon, like yesterday. Suddenly it came and so I don't think everybody was ready.'

Nishikori's hometown of Shimane is in south-west Japan and far from the centre of the earthquake which struck off the northeast coast. Shimane is a one hour flight to Sendai which was the hardest hit area. As soon has he heard the news he phoned his family and friends back home. 'At least they are fine. My family is okay,' he said. 'I talked to�them this morning. My town was okay. It wasn't too bad. But, you know, around Tokyo and others it's bad.'

Kimiko Date-Krumm is in the women's draw at Indian Wells and said she worries not only about the people that were caught up in Friday's horrific events but also what will happen in the future with aftershocks. 'I saw the news and it is very horrible and I am very sorry to everybody,' said Date-Krumm who played in the last match of the evening session on Friday. 'I am still in shock. I hope there isn't anything else coming.' -- AFP

silverwhite
03-12-2011, 06:11 AM
:awww: :sad:

silverwhite
03-21-2011, 06:18 PM
1st Round against Chardy, 2nd Round against Nadal if he wins. Not an easy draw for sure :(

*bunny*
03-22-2011, 01:54 AM
Hmmm Chardy used to be Kei's boogeyman in their junior days. Can Kei beat the guy now both of them are pros? Hope he can!!


Rafkei,
If you're around, can you edit the title of the first post? Click "edit" on the bottom right of your post and then "GO ADVANCED," and you can edit the title. :)

Rafkei
03-24-2011, 01:50 AM
Sorry about the title thread guys...now's only the time that i get to be online.

Anyway here is the order of play for Thursday, March 24, 2011.

STADIUM start 11:00 am
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs R Haase (NED) - ATP
[4] S Stosur (AUS) vs J Zheng (CHN) - WTA
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs B Mattek-Sands (USA) - WTA
J Chardy (FRA) vs K Nishikori (JPN) - ATP

1st round to 2nd round draw on Kei's side:

Rafael Nadal vs BYE
Jeremy Chardy vs Kei Nishikori
Feliciano Lopez vs Richard Berankis
BYE vs Juan Ignacio Chela

As silverwhite said, its Chardy first then if he wins it'll be Nadal.

Full draw link: http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/Scores/Draws.aspx
Tournament website: http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/

Best of luck Kei!

*bunny*
03-24-2011, 02:09 AM
Thanx, Rafkei!! :worship: :yeah:

Good luck, Kei!! :hug:

*bunny*
03-24-2011, 07:56 AM
Kei is playing doubles with Donald Young too. :)
But I don't think they'll last long---they'll meet 4th seed Melzer/Petzschner in R1. :lol:

*bunny*
03-25-2011, 01:58 AM
Kei def. Chardy 7-6(2) 6-2! :yeah:
A great win over his former boogeyman, and surprise surprise, his first victory at a Masters series event. :)

Next up, Rafa!! Gambatte!! :rocker2:

Rafkei
03-26-2011, 12:21 AM
wow congrats Kei, i never knew this was his first win at a masters series tournament.

you can do it against Nadal! :worship:

*bunny*
03-26-2011, 02:15 AM
Kei and Don lost their doubles to Melzer and Petzschner, 6-2 6-3.
But that was to be expected. Kei, now focus on your third challenge vs Rafa! :D
It will be their first match on hard court. :) (Funny enough both of their past matches took place on grass!)

chewy
03-27-2011, 12:26 AM
The Rafa challenge has begun....exciting so far!

*bunny*
03-27-2011, 01:16 AM
1st set to Rafa 6-4.
It was a very close affair in the first four games. Kei was the one who had the first BP of the set but Rafa held on.
I think Kei is playing very well so far and has made Rafa very serioius into the match. C'MON KEI!!!

1st serve: Kei 47%, Rafa 64%

winners/UEs: Kei 9/17, Rafa 9/8

BP conversion: Kei 0/4, Rafa 1/2

Net points won: Kei 4/4, Rafa 4/6

But now 0-40... :unsure:

*bunny*
03-27-2011, 01:18 AM
Saved 2 BPs but couldn't save the 3rd. :(
4-6 0-1*...

Break back, now!

chewy
03-27-2011, 01:22 AM
Yeah Kei had more bps, but zero conversion rate so far...still a close contest.
Hope Kei can give it more.

*bunny*
03-27-2011, 02:12 AM
4-6 4-6
O well, I think he put up a better fight against Rafito than in Wimbledon last year, but not up to their first match at Queen's three years ago, but then Rafa didn't know what to expect from him.

Better luck in the clay season! I think Kei has a very good chance to go far in Houston. :)

chewy
03-27-2011, 02:22 AM
It was a very decent performance from both players, Nadal played some remarkable points to save bps.

Tough for Kei to draw Nadal so early, I think he could've beaten a lot of the other players playing like he did tonight and go much further. But anytime you get to play the best players are valuable lessons.

Good job Kei, keep going!

*bunny*
03-29-2011, 03:33 AM
http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2011/Interview-Transcripts/Interview-Transcripts/Extra-Column/2011-Rafael-Nadal-March-26.aspx

Q. How tough was that match in the end?
RAFAEL NADAL: Was a difficult one for sure, yeah. Nishikori is a very, very good player. Is one of these first rounds that you don't want to see, I think. I'm very happy about how I played today. I think I played at high level tonight. The feeling was better than last week, so that's important thing. The serve worked very well at the end of the match. In general, I think was a really complete match, because Nishikori for a moment was really good and was difficult.

Q. You mentioned that you felt that you served better today. What did you have to work on to improve it? Because last week particularly in the final it was very much trouble for you.
RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing. I tried to (indiscernible) about how I serve when I serve well. I tried to slow down a little bit the speed, but at the same time serve with higher percentage.
I think that worked well, no? Because I served 117 to 124, 25 miles almost every time. That's enough speed if you put the right percentage inside and if you put the balls close to the lines.
Nishikori I think is a good returner. He return very fast. He's fast and long and he's difficult. Only thing a little bit that I have to improve a little bit was the second serve, because the speed of the second serve was for moments 85, 88, 89, 90, 92, but I had to try to serve a little bit faster the second serve. But in general, seriously, I am very happy about the match of tonight.

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*bunny*
03-29-2011, 03:40 AM
Kei wrote in his blog that he tried to play more aggressively than usual because otherwise he wouldn't stand a chance against Rafa. Although he regrets not being able to convert BPs and allowed Rafa to break him due to his own errors, he's basically happy with the way he played, it reminded him of what his tennis really is. He says it's too risky to play that aggressively all the time, but it's a great feeling to hit winners by playing attacking tennis. He things his play made it difficult for Rafa, and that he went a step closer to a breakthrough against the Spaniard.

chewy
03-30-2011, 11:55 AM
Sounds very positive! So the key is to balance attack and defence?

*bunny*
03-31-2011, 03:29 AM
Sounds very positive! So the key is to balance attack and defence?

I think that's what he and his team are aiming at since they teamed up with Gilbert.
Kei's tennis----aggressive from the baseline and hitting a lot of winners---is attractive but he tended to make too many UEs. And since the elbow injury, I have a feeling he hasn't been able to hit FH as hard as before although his BH is becoming considerably better. I think as you said he's trying to find the balance between offence and defence, and that will change depending on who he's playing against.