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Old 02-25-2011, 05:43 PM   #76
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Ryan gp...deuce...bp, Kei breaks up *1-0
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Kei 2-0*, 15-30...30-30...gp Ryan, Kei *2-1

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MP for Kei...6(5)-7 6-2 6-4 Great come back, SF here we go!!!
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Oh my! Just by reading these posts by Chewy about the QF match makes my heart beats faster haha! I'm so happy Kei won! SF here we go!!!!

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Yay Kei!!

Thanx chewy for updating!
Looks like it was another rollercoaster affair.

Tpisy is a tough cookie and Kei lost badly the last time they met, but Kei's affinity for the surface in Delray will favour him.
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Nishikori Back Into Delray Beach Semifinals
By Joshua Rey

Kei Nishikori is one win from returning to the Delray Beach ITC final after defeating American qualifier Ryan Sweeting 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4 in Friday’s first singles quarterfinal. The 21-year-old Japanese sensation was not broken in the match, serving as smoothly and moving as majestically as he did when he won this title three years ago.

Injuries and inconsistency have kept Nishikori from reaching another ATP World Tour final, but he’s beginning to show signs of a resurgence under his new coach, Brad Gilbert.
“I’m really happy to be in the semis tomorrow,” said Nishikori. “It’s my favorite tournament, so hopefully I can go farther.”

He and Sweeting played at a high level in the first set; the American hitting six aces while Nishikori disguised his backhand beautifully. In the seventh game, Nishikori followed a crosscourt backhand winner with an inside-out backhand drop shot winner: the same stroke hit two different ways to two different areas of the court.

Down 4-5, Sweeting made three forehand errors to provide Nishikori with a pair of set points. Nishikori blew the first with an unforced error and Sweeting saved the second in spectacular fashion. As Nishikori scrambled behind the baseline, Sweeting hit four shots that would have been winners against other players. With an inside-out forehand, overhead smash, forehand volley and then one more overhead, the 23-year-old from Fort Lauderdale finally put Nishikori away.

“He was playing great in the first set,” said Nishikori. “I think if he kept playing like that, I would have lost.”

In the tiebreaker, Sweeting found a weakness in Nishikori, looping high balls to the forehand of the world No. 66. Nishikori sprayed an ugly down-the-line forehand wide to give Sweeting a 5-4 lead. The American wrapped the set up by using another heavy crosscourt forehand to open up the court for a crosscourt backhand that Nishikori couldn’t handle.

“He was hitting deep, so I was struggling a little bit in the first set,” said Nishikori. “But [my forehand] has gotten better, I think.”

Sweeting entered the match 0-3 lifetime against Nishikori, and he was unable to maintain his momentum in the second set. Each player took a medical timeout, but Sweeting’s back ailment seemed to bother him more than Nishikori’s foot problem. After a first set that went with serve, Nishikori broke Sweeting twice to take the second set.

“He changed a little bit [in the second set],” said Nishikori. “He wasn’t moving well… and he was a little bit defensive and I was able to make more balls.”

In the third set, Sweeting’s serve abandoned him as he missed 12 consecutive first serves at one stretch. Though he ended that streak on a Nishikori break point, the Japanese converted his chance when Sweeting sliced a backhand into the net.

Serving for the match, Nishikori fell behind 15-30, but never appeared bothered or pressured. Sweeting, on the other hand, broke his racquet after missing a backhand on that point, and was forced to play the final two points with a new frame.

Nishikori wrapped up the win with a well-placed 84 mile-per-hour second serve that Sweeting sliced into the net.

“I was trying to stay calm,” said Nishikori, who made 65 percent of his first serves. “I’ve been hitting good serves this week and I’m trying to concentrate on my first serve. I’m usually a calm guy.”

Despite his success in Delray Beach and his years of training in Bradenton, Nishikori is still fairly anonymous in Florida. Not so in Japan, where his 2008 ITC title made him an instant celebrity.

“It’s totally different,” said Nishikori. “No one knows me here, so it’s much easier for me. If I stayed in Japan all the time, I might go crazy. I have to wear sunglasses and a hat, but it’s fun sometimes when everybody knows me. It’s good to be me.”

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Former champion Kei Nishikori advanced to the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Tennis Championships Friday with a 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4 win over American Ryan Sweeting. In the semi-finals Nishikori will play Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic, who did not drop serve in a 7-6(0), 6-1 win over Croatian Ivan Dodig.

Nishikori won his first (and only) ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach less than two months after turning 18 back in 2008. In doing so he became the first Japanese ATP World Tour titlist since April 1992 (Shuzo Matsuoka at Seoul). Nishikori saved all three break points he faced and broke Sweeting three times.

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“I’m really happy to be in the semis tomorrow. It’s my favorite tournament, so hopefully I can go farther,” said Nishikori, who lives in Bradenton, Florida, where he can escape the spotlight of the Japanese media. “It’s totally different. No one knows me here, so it’s much easier for me. If I stayed in Japan all the time, I might go crazy. I have to wear sunglasses and a hat, but it’s fun sometimes when everybody knows me. It’s good to be me.”

Tipsarevic, who is chasing his first ATP World Tour title, said that his strong start to the first-set tie-break was crucial in his win over Dodig, who recently won the Zagreb title. “When the tie-break started, I just kept saying to myself that it’s really important that I start well,” Tipsarevic said. “That’s what happened. After 3-0, he made two or three unforced errors and he was done really fast.

"I’m really not trying to think about [winning my first title], even though it’s there in my mind. I think I have the quality to have an ATP title under my belt, but it just hasn’t happened for me yet. The main problem would be the consistency following me over the course of my career.”

Later tonight second seed and 2009 champion Mardy Fish, at a career-high No. 16 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings, is in action, playing Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla. Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro attempts to reach his third consecutive semi-final (San Jose, Memphis) when he plays fifth seed and recent Johannesburg champion Kevin Anderson in the final match of the evening session.
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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- "Project 45" is back and, hopefully, back on track.

Who is "Project 45," you ask?

Kei Nishikori, of course.

Back when Nishikori first made his mark in 2008, he was an 18-year-old qualifier, ranked No. 244 in the world, at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Nobody had really ever heard of the Japanese teen, but his racket really did some serious talking.

During that week three years ago, the shy Nishikori captivated our imagination.

The Japanese youngster just kept winning and winning, eventually carving out a true "Cinderfella" story when he stunned top seed James Blake in the final to capture what remains his lone career title.

The media in attendance anxiously waited for any drop of inside info on the kid. His minders during the week -- all from the Nick Bollettieri/IMG Academy, where he has trained since he was 14 -- obliged with the scoop.

That's when they revealed that everyone at the academy referred to the teen as "Project 45." Explanation: That was the ranking that Nishikori would have to reach to become the most successful male tennis player in Japanese history. Nishikori's former coach, Shuzo Matsuoka, still bears that distinction, having attained a career-high ranking of No. 46.

Nishikori seemed a bright star on the horizon when he emerged so quickly in 2008, but sometimes the facts of life get in the way. A right elbow injury disrupted his progress. He lost the entire 2009 season, eventually having surgery in August of that year.

He spent most of 2010 on the Challenger circuit working to re-establish his career, time well spent as he climbed up 322 ranking points and back into the top 100.

Nishikori came fairly close to the project goal when he reached a career-high ranking of 56 in 2009. Now, currently ranked No. 66 in the world, he's looking to fulfill his promise.

"Yeah, that's one of my goals," Nishikori said. "It's a goal for this year, and I hope it's coming soon. It's time for me to be top 50, 45, and if I can be healthy, I can get there."

After Nishikori beat James Blake in straight sets to reach this year's Delray Beach quarterfinals Wednesday, he admitted that during the match he couldn't help thinking of his final victory over Blake three years ago.

"I have the biggest memory here, but it's a little bit changed because I have injury and couldn't play my best tennis last year," Nishikori said. "I had a long time without playing tennis. This is like a new start for me, to come back here."

Blake hasn't forgotten that match, either. He was the odds-on favorite, but says he selected a flawed strategy that led to his defeat.

"I remember I played it a little tentative thinking it was his first final and he would be a little nervous, and he definitely was not," Blake said. "He was the more aggressive player that match and going for his shots."

Now that Nishikori is healthy, he doesn't have to merely revel in past memories. He's ready to create new career highlights. And he's giving himself the best chance possible by seeking mentorship from Brad Gilbert, considered by many to be one of the great minds in the game.

Gilbert worked with Andre Agassi from 1994 to 2002, went on to coach Andy Roddick to his lone Grand Slam trophy at the 2003 U.S. Open and spent some time with Briton Andy Murray.

The deal for Nishikori to work with Gilbert for 15 weeks during this year was brokered by the IMG Academies, where Gilbert enjoys status as a guest coach and Nishikori still trains.

Nishikori, however, has known Gilbert on a more personal level from before he came to coach at the academy.

"My first contact with Brad was through his son, Zach, who was my roommate at the IMG/Bollettieri Academy for a while when I was younger," Nishikori said. "Then Brad started coming to Bradenton as a 'guest-coach' and I got to know him even better."

There are those who don't delight in Gilbert's natural gift of gab, but Nishikori isn't one of them. He's happy to be taking in every word Gilbert utters, insisting the coaching's already improved his on-court strategy and stroke development.

Nishikori even sees an extra benefit to Gilbert being a constant chatterbox.

"He's talking all day -- that's kind of new for me," said the more reserved Nishikori, smiling. "It's good, too, I think, for me to learn English."
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I like both Kei and Tipsy. Hope the match between them will be great. Whoerver win, that's ok with me
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Oh my! Just by reading these posts by Chewy about the QF match makes my heart beats faster haha! I'm so happy Kei won! SF here we go!!!!

Thanks Chewy for the live posts!
Cheers guys, got up real early so I followed the live scoreboard. I don't think I'll be posting if I can find a live stream for the SF, really want to watch it!

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“I was trying to stay calm,” said Nishikori, who made 65 percent of his first serves. “I’ve been hitting good serves this week and I’m trying to concentrate on my first serve. I’m usually a calm guy.”

Despite his success in Delray Beach and his years of training in Bradenton, Nishikori is still fairly anonymous in Florida. Not so in Japan, where his 2008 ITC title made him an instant celebrity.

“It’s totally different,” said Nishikori. “No one knows me here, so it’s much easier for me. If I stayed in Japan all the time, I might go crazy. I have to wear sunglasses and a hat, but it’s fun sometimes when everybody knows me. It’s good to be me.”
I love Kei's self-evaluations
especially the last quote, he seems to have a love and hate relationship with being under the spotlight, but in a way he has found a balance which is good to hear.

Thanks for posting the articles bunny.

Looking ahead, it's an exciting challenge. But I think Tipsy's game works well against Kei, especially his sneaky-quick type of serves that Kei wasn't returning well last time they met.
I remembered Tipsy played a lot of short aggressive points making it hard for Kei to found his rhythm.
All semi-finalist are tough so hopefully Kei can serve and return well to get thru!
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The first match I got to watch of Kei all week happens to be a loss, exact same scoreline as their last meeting. Tipsy wins 6-4 6-4

Too tired to elaborated on this match now, but Kei's run in Delray has ended in the SF.
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