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01-22-2011 10:12 AM
Re: 2011 Australian Open!

Open drive
01-22-2011 05:31 AM
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Summary of Kei's quotes in the Japanese press:
(There's no interview transcript and his remarks are quoted freely in various orders to fit in their stories.)

*Kei used to get a stomach pain when he was nervous before a match. Yesterday, he felt the pain for the first time in a long while, probably he got nervous because he hasn't played in such a big stadium for a while.
*He felt strongly that there is a large gap between a top 10 player and himself. It came as a big shock to him; there are many aspects of the game he needs to improve. He feels frustrated and thinks he must work harder.
*He got the pain in the right hip after Verdasco moved him side to side in the first set.
*From the second set, he tried to play more aggressive, but ended up making many UEs.
*Currently, he is putting importance on improving his defence, but he can't win without being aggressive. He wants to be able to make the right decision when to go attacking.
*Still, there are some good shots during the match. All he needs to do now is practice more.
01-22-2011 01:06 AM
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Yeah i just wish he did not loss that so easily...anyway it is still a good tournament for him.
01-21-2011 10:56 PM
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Hmm... I guess he'll be playing the US swing. Hopefully, he can get his ranking up high enough for direct entrance into IW and Miami
01-21-2011 03:24 PM
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Yeah it sucks.
Hope his right hip is OK. He didn't chase down some balls that he would've run down normally, even after the medical time out.
I have to give props to Verdasco for keeping his concentraton throughout the match and employing the right strategy---he started with a slow pace, and gradually increased intensity. And he overpowered Kei with heavy spins on the ball.

R3 in a slam is not a bad result---and his ranking after AO will rise to around #70. Hope he can use what he's learned about playing a top player in the February US hc season (although I have a feeling he needs more match practice againt European/South American players.)

According to facebook, he will return to Japan briefly for business reasons (meeting UNIQLO guys?) and then return to Florida.

Postmatch interview:

Q. Where do you think it all went wrong today mainly?

KEI NISHIKORI: Today especially returns I think I wasn't making a lot and I was missing too much. He was hitting really like heavy ball, and he have bounce high. It was really tough to play on here against him.

Q. Have you ever played against a forehand like that?

KEI NISHIKORI: Kind of, yeah, Nadal. Heavy topspin and it was really tough when he hits to my backhand, high forehand, high topspin.


Q. You began working with Brad Gilbert at the end of last year. What do you think specifically he's helped you with to improve?

KEI NISHIKORI: Um, he mentioned some about my tennis, more percentage on my serve, more steady on the groundstrokes, and, yeah, that kind of stuff.
01-21-2011 02:01 PM
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Not so disappointing that he lost, but that he lost so easily
01-21-2011 01:00 PM
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this sucks

i wanted him to win so badly
01-21-2011 12:03 PM
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It wasn't Kei's night, simply outplayed by Verdasco.
Reaching the third round for the first time in AO is a decent result...but I want MORE!!!
01-21-2011 11:16 AM
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01-21-2011 10:20 AM
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2-6 4-6 3-6
01-21-2011 10:17 AM
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2-6 4-6 3-5*
01-21-2011 10:02 AM
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2-6 4-6 2-3*
01-21-2011 09:37 AM
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2-6 4-6
01-21-2011 09:27 AM
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2-6 3-4*
01-21-2011 09:23 AM
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He's being overpowered by Verdasco quite a bit. Only 5 winners
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