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10-17-2011 05:02 AM
Ivanatis
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Shanghai

Awesome. What I like even more than his wins and rise in the ranking is that he's played (and won) lots of long three-setters recently and it finally seems his body can deal with it. Hope it stays that way and the ankle thingey is just minor.
10-17-2011 04:35 AM
minh
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Shanghai

Top 30
10-16-2011 06:33 AM
chewy
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Thanks for posting the interviews bunny.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kinokino View Post
Andy is quite well now, physically ultra strong and having a great ability to focus on.
Great stage with great player, I think it was a good experience for Kei. I enjoyed, too.

Take a good rest and come back soon!
I agree kinokino, the Shanghai Masters was a very good experience.
Kei just needs to be 100% to play the very top players, but losing the SF in this manner I hope it doesn't dampen his spirit and he can learn from it.
10-16-2011 01:01 AM
kinokino
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Andy is quite well now, physically ultra strong and having a great ability to focus on.
Great stage with great player, I think it was a good experience for Kei. I enjoyed, too.

Take a good rest and come back soon!
10-15-2011 07:08 PM
*bunny*
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

10.15 Kei Nishikori
PublishTime:2011-10-15 21:59:58
15 October 2011 A. MURRAY / K. Nishikori (6 3, 6 0)

An interview with: KEI NISHIKORI

Q. What is the most difficult to handle in the game of Andy Murray?

KEI NISHIKORI: Uhm, yeah, I was had to break his serve first of all. He had a good wide serve. I didn't have any chance to break him. He had a good return. I mean, good everything.

In the stroke, he never miss and he makes me run side to side. He was really, like, genius to play, how he plays. He was really solid today I think.

Q. It was your first semifinal in a Masters event. We might be tempted to think that the occasion was too much for you. Were you nervous out there today?

KEI NISHIKORI: No, I wasn't nervous. I think he just played really well. Little bit too good for me. You know, maybe I was excited to play semis here. But I wasn't like really nervous or something.

Q. Talk to us about your tournament overall. You're going to move up to around 32 in the world. You must see this as a big step forward for you.

KEI NISHIKORI: Yes, it is. A big surprise for me. You know, I was thinking if I can get a top 30 or a top 40 this year, that was my goal. And now I have couple more tournaments. If I can get to top 32 to finish this year, it would be good for next Grand Slam.

Q. At some point in the second set, a trainer came in. What made you decide not to have the medical timeout?

KEI NISHIKORI: I was thinking my ankle, I strain little bit yesterday. It was little bit bothering me today. So I was just talking him. Just want to double check if I'm okay.

I decided to finish the match.

Q. Yesterday there were some questions about your fame and fanfare in Japan. Yesterday I walked outside and I saw some lady crying, she was so excited that you won. How does it feel to know you have the power to make somebody literally break down in tears?

KEI NISHIKORI: I mean, that's really amazing feeling for me. I don't know. Yeah, that's great feeling.

Q. Can you tell us what is the biggest difference between you and Andy Murray? Is it the serve, the return, power?

KEI NISHIKORI: Today I just felt like I cannot get any free points against him, yeah. Good returns. I wasn't making first serve. That's why he was more attacking my second serve.

But it was just tough to play. I was trying to hit more forehand, but he was getting everything using his slice and mixing his pace. So it was, you know, really tough to play against him.

Q. Would it have made a difference if you had been always practicing in Japan rather than the U.S.?

KEI NISHIKORI: I'm thinking in the future maybe to train in Japan. But for now I have a house in Florida and I'm really comfortable to train there. And a lot of players train there, like Ryan Harrison is there, Malisse, Max. A lot of top players to train.

You know, in Japan it's tough to travel all the way to U.S. and Europe. Yeah, I'm just really comfortable to stay in U.S. now.

Q. After the first match with Murray, are you getting more confidence or do you find something you need to improve or you find a player like Murray is really hard to beat?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, it is hard to beat him. Like you see, he's winning two tournaments in a row, beating Nadal, a lot of top players. Yeah, like I said, he never give me a free points. He had a big serve with good returns, so it's really hard to win against him.
10-15-2011 03:31 PM
*bunny*
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Confirmed. His ankle was bothering him since yesterday:

From Tennis Panorama twitter
@TennisNewsTPN Tennis Panorama News
Kei's ankle was bothering him since yesterday, just wanted to double check with trainer. Decided to finish the match


Kei said in the interview yesterday it took a few games after rolling the ankle to recover. After one day, however, maybe the pain flared up again during the first set.
You know the way he rolled the ankle was a bit similar to the way Juan Carlos hurt his ankle when he was leading Ferrer in the second set. After that, he was never the same in the match.
Could be something to do with the surface. I vaguely remember many players rolling ankles in Shanghai last year or a couple of years ago.
In any case, rest up well, Kei, and good luck in Vienna!
10-15-2011 03:08 PM
silverwhite
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!



Forgot to vBet on Murray
10-15-2011 02:36 PM
chewy
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Apart from Murray slamming aces past him, maybe he was bother by his ankle or the change of conditions or just ran out of steam.
His body language is different tonight, normally he would fight for every point but he almost gave up near the end.

Disappointing match BUT what a great week for him, just take away the positives Kei!
10-15-2011 02:14 PM
minh
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

waiting for next game in Vienna,
10-15-2011 02:11 PM
*bunny*
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Better luck in Vienna, Kei!
10-15-2011 02:11 PM
*bunny*
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Kei's not running anymore. Think he's hurting.
10-15-2011 02:09 PM
*bunny*
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

At least it's nice to hear lots of "Ganbare!" from the stand.
10-15-2011 02:06 PM
minh
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Lost another break , he will lose now . Anyway, great week for Kei
10-15-2011 02:05 PM
*bunny*
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Meh 0-4

Still better score than the worst point in the Haase match if that is any consolation.
10-15-2011 02:04 PM
minh
Re: The 2011 Asian season: Kei in Shanghai Masters!

Ajde Kei
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