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Old 11-14-2010, 12:27 AM   #46
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Kei def. Monroe 6-1 7-6(4)
Apparently Kei was a break up in the second set but got broken back. But a win is a win and I think he is the favorite in Sunday's final in which he will face Kendrick.

In his blog after the quarterfinals against Reynolds, Kei wrote that he played really well and no matter how he hits the ball it went in. Reynolds played really well from the beginning as if he gave his all, and Kei was able to respond with good answers. Kei served well and had quite a few aces, and his return of serve was good too. The worries he'd had went away and he hopes to play like that always. (Very very rough translation!)

Win the title, Kei!!
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:42 AM   #47
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OOP for Sunday:
Robert KENDRICK (USA) vs Kei NISHIKORI (JPN)

Good luck, Kei!
If he wins, he will probably get back to top 100 and is probably a cert for AO MD.

In his blog yesterday, Kei admitted that he had a scare during the match because Monroe played really well and broke Kei's serve when he was serving for the match. Even during the first set, which Kei took 6-1, he was feeling that the second set would be tighter and he was right. After the match he apparently said to himself "Abuneeee!!" (a slang form of "abunai"---which means "risky" or "dangerous" but should stand for "that was close!" in this case) many times.

Draw for Champaign next week is also out. Kei is top seed and will face Guccione in R1. I've posted the draw in the opening post.
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Yey! Kei won the title! He defeated Kendrick 61 64!

Way to go Kei! Did he drop a set this week?



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Omedetooooo! Kei!!

Third win over Kendrick this week!
Kei's ranked #101 this week and has a very good chance to achieve his goal of getting back to top 100 within this season!
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Yeeeesssss, Kei!!!
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Finaly it's safe for me to post and celebrate Kei's victory!
Last week he lost straight after I commented here so I felt like I jinxed him...LOL
I should be more confident in Kei's ability :P
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Nishikori is Kendrick's 'daddy'

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/no...ndricks-daddy/

As Robert Kendrick addressed the crowd at the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger, he paid tribute to Kei Nishikori, the man who beat him in Sunday's final.

"He's my daddy,'' Kendrick said. "He owns me.''

Indeed, the third-seed Nishikori was impressive, knocking off the sixth-seeded Kendrick in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4 at Knoxville Racquet Club.

Nishikori is 4-0 all-time against Kendrick, with two wins this year. But Japan's top player is at a loss to explain his success against the American.

"I don't know, honestly,'' said Nishikori, ranked No. 126 in the world. "He's a great player. Always tough to play against him. Big serve, big forehand, especially indoors like this.''

Nishikori's strategy was to attack Kendrick's backhand. He did so with precision serves and deft ground strokes, opening up the court with his own solid forehands.

"He has a big forehand, so I was afraid to hit it to his forehand,'' Nishikori said.

Kendrick, making his third Challenger final in four events, admitted his backhand - and forehand - weren't very sharp against the speedy Nishikori.

Why does Nishikori give Kendrick fits?

"He can re-direct the ball really well,'' Kendrick said. "A lot of these other guys (on the tour) keep the ball cross court, cross court, cross court. He changes directions well, especially with his backhand. He can flick it down the line and he doesn't miss that much.''

Nishikori frustrated Kendrick early with two breaks to take the first set easily. Kendrick showed more fight the second set, but couldn't solve Nishikori, who said he couldn't play much better.

"I was playing perfect today,'' said Nishikori, who was presented with a $7,200 winner's check. "A couple of misses, of course, but I'm really happy to play the way I played.''

Kendrick couldn't argue with the champion's assessment.

"He played real well,'' Kendrick said. "He moved me side to side. He wasn't missing too many balls. I knew he'd be tough out there.''

Kendrick, who turns 31 today, was coming off a win last week in Charlottesville, Va.

"I played my best tennis last week,'' he said. "This week, it was more of a fight. I didn't feel like I served that well and the courts were a little slower. But it was good to get to the finals. It just didn't happen.''

In doubles, the No. 3 seeded team of Rik DeVoest and Izak Van Der Merwe of South Africa defeated unseeded Americans Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Alex Kuznetsov in the final, 6-1, 6-4.

The event, which benefits the Helen Ross McNabb Center, is expected to net about $75,000, making it by far the most successful of the 51 Challenger events held by the USTA.

The tournament will return to the expanded UT Goodfriend Indoor courts next year.

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Thanx, Dana!
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OOP for Tuesday:

Court 2
Matches Start At: 10:00 am
James LEMKE (AUS) vs Giovanni LAPENTTI (ECU)
Dennis BLOEMKE (GER) vs Daniel YOO (KOR)
Izak VAN DER MERWE (RSA) vs Jesse WITTEN (USA)
Chris EATON (GBR) vs Nicholas MONROE (USA)
Ryler DEHEART (USA)/Pierre-Ludovic DUCLOS (CAN) vs Brett JOELSON (USA)/Ashwin KUMAR (USA)
Not before 7 p.m.
Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) vs Chris GUCCIONE (AUS)
Jesse LEVINE (USA)/Nicholas MONROE (USA) vs Raven KLAASEN (RSA)/Izak VAN DER MERWE (RSA)

Kei and the Gooch has never played at a professional level either on the ATP tour or on challengers/futures. But I guess they've practiced together before as Guccione has played mostly in North America this season. Once Kei can figure out how to return the Gooch's serve I think he should be OK.
Ganbatte, Kei!!
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Well done, Kei!!!

Good luck in the next match.
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cant believe im so late in saying this

big congrats to kei im so happy for him

he's one good event away from getting back in the top 100 now and ..no more qualifying for grand slams for him!
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Smashing to see him win another title. There's bound to be plenty of awesome ridiculousness in store when he takes on the mighty Gooch.
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no Live Score?!
Unfortunately, no.

But apparently Kei won 6-4 6-4!
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