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Old 04-09-2011, 10:08 PM   #61
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Yay Kei!

He'll break into top 50 with this win!
Thanx chewy for your comments. I was watching from 3-1 in the first set but the streaming was so unstable on my old PC I couldn't post or even log in.
Cuevas kind of crumbled towards the end of both sets but he put a strong resistance each time he got broken, particularly in the final game. Kei was a bit erratic than yesterday but I think it is a big confidence booster for him to beat a true clay courter like Cuevas.
Good luck in the final Kei, and complete Project 45!
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:25 PM   #62
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No worries bunny, my pleasure in commenting...helps with my nerves while I watch his match : P

It's really exciting to see this result before RG.
So if Kei wins the title here, he will complete P45? Then we'll have to set a higher level for Kei

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so happy! congrats kei!
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It's really exciting to see this result before RG.
So if Kei wins the title here, he will complete P45? Then we'll have to set a higher level for Kei
Yes he will complete Project 45 if he wins the title. His provisional ranking for next week after reaching the final is #48, and if he beats Sweeting he will be ranked around #40 next week!

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Kei one more please
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Nishikori Playing For Japan In Houston Final
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09.04.2011

Kei Nishikori is one win away from becoming the highest-ranked Japanese player in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973) after advancing to the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston. Nishikori, who defeated Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-5 in Saturday’s semi-finals, says that he hopes he can win for his countrymen and women who are still reeling from the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country.

“It’s not like I can promise to win, but with the conditions in Japan I hope I can win tomorrow and give them a little bit of hope,” said Nishikori, who is looking to add to the title he won in Delray Beach in 2008. “It’s always in my mind but when I play my match I have to concentrate. It’s also the first time that my parents are with me for a final.”

Since the earthquake and tsunami Nishikori has been at the forefront of the tennis community's efforts to raise funds for disaster relief.

By reaching the final, Nishikori is projected to break into the Top 50 for the first time in his career. Should he win the title he is likely to move to No. 41, surpassing Shuzo Matsuoka’s career-best of No. 46 on July 6, 1992.

“ I played great today, grinding away despite not being good on serve. It was tough conditions, hot and humid, but I battled through.”

American Ryan Sweeting advanced to his first ATP World Tour final after stopping the run of 6’ 10” Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the semi-finals Saturday. Sweeting won 7-6(3), 6-3 to reach the title match.

World No. 93 Sweeting withstood 12 aces from former champion Karlovic, who this year began his journey in the qualifying rounds and on Friday toiled for more than three hours to take out fellow big-serving giant John Isner.

“I feel great here in Houston,” Sweeting said. “Ivo had a three hour match and was in a little bit of pain out here today. I knew he'd be serving big, but you can’t let that bother you. You’ve just got to take care of your own serve. It’s good to get to my first final here in the States and here in Houston."

"I had trouble with allergies today and I was not at my best," Karlovic admitted after the match. "I could not breathe properly and I felt worse and worse as the match progressed. But all in all it was a good week. Ryan played really well and i wish him all the best in the final."
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Kei Nishikori, Ryan Sweeting in final

HOUSTON (AP) -- Japanese star Kei Nishikori is trying to inspire his tsunami-torn country.

Nishikori reached the second final of his ATP career Saturday with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas. Still, Nishikori's thoughts are never far from Japan.

"It's not like I can promise to win but I hope I can win tomorrow and give a little hope," Nishikori said.

Nishikori has several charity projects going to help tsunami victims.

"It is always on my mind but when it comes to a match I have to concentrate on one thing," Nishikori said.

Nishikori, the winner in 2008 at Delray Beach, will face American Ryan Sweeting on Sunday. Sweeting, a wild-card entry, advanced to his first ATP final with a 7-6 (3) 6-3 victory over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic.

If Nishikori wins the tournament, he will become the highest ranked Japanese player ever. Shuzo Matsuoka was ranked No. 46 on July 6, 1992.

"The ranking comes if I play well," Nishikori said. "I played great today. My serve was not well but otherwise, grinding a lot and it was hot and humid, but I think I battled through."

Nishikori hadn't lost his serve in the tournament until the fourth and sixth games of the second set when Cuevas made his big charge. Nishikori broke Cuevas in the fifth and 11th games and served for the match.

"He [Cuevas] had great returns so it happens," Nishikori said. "Sometimes, you don't hit the great serve every day."

Nishikori overcame two break points in the 12th game and put away Cuevas with a forehand winner at the second match point.

"It was a good week, I won three matches," Cuevas said. "It is good preparation for the European clay courts. I was happy to reach the semifinals this week but disappointed today."

Sweeting is the first wild card to reach the tournament final since Mardy Fish won in 2006. Fish is now the highest-ranked American. He was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Karlovic, the 2007 U.S. Clay Court winner, wilted as Saturday's match progressed. On Friday, he needed more than three hours to beat John Isner.

There were no breaks in the first set although Sweeting had to escape three break points in the fourth game and Karlovic avoided one break point in the seventh game.

"At first you have the nerves in closing out a match but I feel like I've been in this position enough times to get good wins," Sweeting said. "I just concentrated on staying focused."

"It was crucial for me to get the first set. I gave him a little blow. He's such a big guy it's never easy to come back. He seemed to struggle in the second set."

Karlovic had a 136 mph serve for a 3-2 lead in the tiebreaker. He didn't get another point and Sweeting closed it out with a strong forehand.

Karlovic was broken for only the third time in the tournament in the sixth game of the second set, giving Sweeting a 4-2 lead. Karlovic escaped one match point in the eighth game and finally ran out of steam in the ninth when his forehand volley sailed wide of the court to end the match.

Karlovic played his seventh match in eight days, including three qualifying matches to get into the main draw. He served 12 aces against Sweeting, giving him 56 for the tournament, four short of the record by Pete Sampras.

"It was hot and I was really tired," Karlovic said. "This morning I could not inhale normally. It was not easy but it was a good week. We'll see what is going on next.

"You can't count a lot on one match. Today, I was not my best."
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I'm rather nervous about this final, there're so much on the line for both players.

I know Kei leads the h2h 4-0, including a challenger final on clay. But the last encounter was more even and Ryan have some more wins over bigger names so he should be striking the ball with confidence.

It's understandable the home crowd's support will be for Ryan, hopefully Kei can perform well to earn their respect.
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Kei 4-3* No break yet.

He started a bit tight and his footwork looked sluggish but he's playing better now. Sweeting is playing pretty well.
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4-5*

As chewy said Kei seems to be feeling under pressure... Sweeting is playing more freely. Kei has been playing pretty aggressively and even S&V'ed, but he's making too many random errors...
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Who was that idiot who made a noise when Sweeting's ball dropped shot? I hope Kei wasn't distracted by that
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1st set to Sweeting. 6-4

Kei's return of serve is loopy and ineffective, unlike the match against Fish.
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Hi silverwhite!

...Hope Kei can come back and win the next set...!
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