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Old 05-09-2010, 09:35 PM   #136
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what a great win for kei after he dropped his serve to start the game it really was all him

after trailing 1-3 kei won 6-4, 6-0 which means he won 11 of the next 12 games!
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Yep, he's truly back!
Sweeting has been having very good results of late, so serving him a bagel is no mean feat.
He's really not a player who should be playing at the challenger level. He was beating Blakes and Berdychs of the world when he was 18, 19.
But of course we shouldn't be carried away either. First of all, he needs to stay fit while traveling and playing week in, week out. Sarasota next week will be a test for his stamina and physical strength. The tournament ends on Saturday, which means he must play his first match on Tuesday. Hope he won't be too tired or get injured again!
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I am so happy for Kei!!!! He did it!!!!
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Kei's ranking next week be around 340-350.
Awww he must be feeling really happy!

And just to remind you guys I posted the draw for the Sarasota challenger on top post of this thread (and also on Page 8).
His opponent in the first round, Vamsee Chappidi, is a 17-year-old WC recipient.
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Kei has already updated his blog in Japanese (http://blog.keinishikori.com/2010/05/post-31.html). It's short and titled "Wooooooooooooow!" He said he's really happy he could win a title so quickly after come back; so happy that he's almost crying as he wrote the entry.
He's feeling very tired and his body is screaming, but now he has to drive back to Bradenton (I guess his coach Glenn is driving the car?) and it will take six hours!
He can go to Sarasota from his home because it's very close to where he lives. His first match there is on Tuesday, so he wants to savour the victory today and on Monday.
And at the end of the blog, he wrote, "Ysssssssssssssssssssssssssss!" (I think he was typing so fast he missed "e". )

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[quote=*bunny*;9894694]Kei has already updated his blog in Japanese (http://blog.keinishikori.com/2010/05/post-31.html). It's short and titled "Wooooooooooooow!" He said he's really happy he could win a title so quickly after come back; so happy that he's almost crying as he wrote the entry.
He's feeling very tired and his body is screaming, but now he has to drive back to Bradenton (I guess his coach Glenn is driving the car?) and it will take six hours!
He can go to Sarasota from his home because it's very close to where he lives. His first match there is on Tuesday, so he wants to savour the victory today and on Monday.
And at the end of the blog, he wrote, "Ysssssssssssssssssssssssssss!" (I think he was typing so fast he missed "e". )

That's so nice.
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Congrats to Kei on the very impressive victory! Great job, and great to hear and see he is healthy again. As long as Kei stays healthy he should be moving through the challenger tour quickly. Hope he keeps the momentum going in Sarasota!
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And from FaceBook five hours ago:
(Basically the same as the blog.)

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YESSSSSS....my first tournament win since coming back. So happy! What a great day. Really want to thank the people around me. This last year has not been easy but my team kept helping me and reminding me that we will be back. We are driving back to Sarasota now and will play my first match there on Tuesday.
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What a player he is. Can't believe how well he's done already.
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Kei has already updated his blog in Japanese (http://blog.keinishikori.com/2010/05/post-31.html). It's short and titled "Wooooooooooooow!" He said he's really happy he could win a title so quickly after come back; so happy that he's almost crying as he wrote the entry.
He's feeling very tired and his body is screaming, but now he has to drive back to Bradenton (I guess his coach Glenn is driving the car?) and it will take six hours!
He can go to Sarasota from his home because it's very close to where he lives. His first match there is on Tuesday, so he wants to savour the victory today and on Monday.
And at the end of the blog, he wrote, "Ysssssssssssssssssssssssssss!" (I think he was typing so fast he missed "e". )

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Do you guys prefer having a new thread for Sarasota, or maybe we can stick to this thread for the whole clay season? If many people want a new thread then I well delete the Sarasota draw in the opening post and start a new thread. Opinions welcome!
In my opinion i think we should just stay with this thread, maybe just edit the title. This thread might be lucky since Kei wins his first title after comeback.

Congrats to Kei im sure he is really thrilled right now! This is all worth the wait!
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Let the celebration continue!
I was tempted to check the results at work this morning but i wasn't too confident and had he lost, my work load would've felt twice as heavy...but it's all good now.
He is definitely on track, but there's still miles ahead to the destination. Keep on rolling Kei!

PS @bunny, I'm with what Rafkei said ^^, no harm in having some luck on our side. And I find it easier to navigated by grouping these threads for the clay season or however you wish to categorise it.
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In my opinion i think we should just stay with this thread, maybe just edit the title. This thread might be lucky since Kei wins his first title after comeback.

Congrats to Kei im sure he is really thrilled right now! This is all worth the wait!
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Let the celebration continue!
I was tempted to check the results at work this morning but i wasn't too confident and had he lost, my work load would've felt twice as heavy...but it's all good now.
He is definitely on track, but there's still miles ahead to the destination. Keep on rolling Kei!

PS @bunny, I'm with what Rafkei said ^^, no harm in having some luck on our side. And I find it easier to navigated by grouping these threads for the clay season or however you wish to categorise it.
Thanx, Rafkei and Chewy. Then I'll keep this thread as it is now.

If there's anybody who have different opinions, please let me know!
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Here's a review of the final with some nice photos.

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Challenge met: Nishikori rolls over Sweeting to title
Posted: May 10, 2010 - 12:18am

By Donald Heath

After the fourth game of his title match at the Tail USTA Savannah Challenger on Sunday, Kei Nishikori had some revisions for his game plan: Get to every ball and make every shot.

The 20-year-old Japanese native came close to meeting his goals.

He won 11 of the final 12 games and surprisingly had few problems with fourth-seeded Ryan Sweeting of Florida, 6-4, 6-0, at The Landings' Franklin Creek Tennis Center.

Nishikori, once ranked 56th in the world before missing most of 2009 with a right elbow injury, appeared to be back at full strength in just his fourth tournament since his September surgery. He earned $7,200 and 80 ranking points in the Association of Tennis Professionals. Ranking points help players qualify for bigger tournaments.

"I was injured for a long time, so this gives me confidence," Nishikori said.

Nishikori lost only one set in five victories during the week. He lost only nine games while beating his final three foes in straight sets.

Sweeting lasted just 80 minutes against an opponent who spent 95 percent of his time behind the baseline.

"He served well. He was hitting his forehand well. ... He was too much for me today," said Sweeting, making no excuses.

Sweeting, who earned $4,240, entered the day on a roll. A week ago, he completed a three-match sweep at Boca Raton to qualify for the main draw at the French Open.

He won his first four matches in Savannah. He broke Nishikori in the first game of the first set, won the fourth game at love and led 3-1.

"I thought I played about the same all day," Sweeting said. "(Nishikori) stepped up his game."

A 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, Nishikori may not immediately impress you. He stays behind the baseline and sprays forehands all over the court.

But he hits the forehand with pace and consistently within inches of the opponent's baseline. He's adept with slices and backhands as well.

And his drop shot from the baseline is akin to a good changeup from a fastball pitcher.

After falling behind 3-1, Nishikori won 24 of the next 33 points. Twice, he finished games with a perfectly placed drop shot from the baseline.

"I was trying to grind more," Nishikori said. "Trying not to miss and get to every ball. (Sweeting) had a good serve, but I had a good return so that helped me."

It's how Nishikori played in 2008, when as an 18-year-old he became the first Japanese male to win an ATP event by beating James Blake in the title match at Delray Beach.

Later in the year, Nishikori advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open - the farthest a Japanese male had advanced at the U.S. Open in 71 years.

Sweeting won just seven points during Nishikori's final six service games.

"I'd say he's back to where he was (in the world rankings)," Sweeting said.

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