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Old 04-10-2011, 08:56 PM   #91
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That was a crucial game
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Break now please!
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Just awful. His serve has let him down all week, and especially so in the TB
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4-6 6-7(4)

I was able to resume watching the match from TB...and yes, as you said silverwhite his serve really let him down, especially the second serve Sweeting had a good read on it.
I guess the pressure Kei was feeling must have been enormous---his 1st title in three years, completion of Project 45, his parents in the stand, him being the big favourite, and his hope to do well for Japan.
Sweeting played very well and it was obvious he wanted this title badly..

O well, Kei will still break into the top 50 although from April he needs to defend points from last year: 30 points this month and 160 points in May.

Better luck in Barcelona!
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So depressed about result
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I had set my alarm but slept right thru it...

Thanks for the live score and commentary bunny and silverwhite. This is the next best thing apart from watching it live to get a good picture of the match.

Obviously terribly disappointed, sort of like a nightmare…a lot people seem to feel the same for different reasons. This will definitely sting for awhile; I hope Kei can learn a great deal from this experience.

My worry before the match comes from different factors; the matches where he’s expected to win or have good prospect he tends to lose. Sweeting being a big guy, 6’5" I think? The serve itself can be an advantage, the extra power and reach can be a difficult mix if Kei was a bit off his form on the day.
Kei might have succumbed mentally more so than anything else in this final…

But we got to look forward! It hurts but I believe in Kei's ability to pick himself up and get there again. We just have to be patient.

No matter how "weak" the draw was, being the last 2 standing in the final is still a good feat.

A side note; was Sweeting's attitude really irritating to watch during the match? My thoughts towards him have been neutral so far but he seems to receive a lot of bad rep from posters on MTF. I mean he just won his first ATP title, I would have thought more people will show support and celebrate with him.
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http://www.marca.com/debate/2011/04/...iones1598.html please vote for Kei to get the WC in Madrid!
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Draw for Barcelona will be announced at noon Saturday.
Hope Kei will receive a good draw!
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Draw is out!
Kei plays Pere Riba in R1, and then Berdych in R2!

Barcelona main draw:

[12]Garcia Lopez vs Istomin
F. Lopez vs Kukushkin
Nishikori vs Riba
[5]Berdych vs bye

Full draw: http://www.barcelonaopenbancsabadell...6-&AID=3176246

Official site: http://www.barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com/

(I have added the above in the opening post as well. )

Good luck!! Kei!
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First match on Center Court!

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
K Nishikori (JPN) vs P Riba (ESP)
Not Before 1:30 PM
X Malisse (BEL) vs J Ferrero (ESP)
[8] N Almagro (ESP) vs [WC] G Granollers-Pujol (ESP) or P Andujar (ESP)
R Haase (NED) vs [7] G Monfils (FRA)
N Davydenko (RUS) vs [10] A Dolgopolov (UKR)

Gambatte, Kei!

...I have to run home. May not be able to see the first set!
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According to Kei's blog, Kei played Riba six years ago in junior Davis Cup. (And he won.)
And the practice court he played this time was the same court they played the DC match. What a coincidence!
He feels something like a fate that he'll play Riba again in Barcelona.

He says the courts are quicker (than Houston I think) with a higher bounce, and he hopes to play well on them.

http://blog.keinishikori.com/2011/04/19/
(With pics of the practice courts and Kei with his new racket bag. )
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Kei won by retirement - Riba retired after first set. Kei made 3 breaks but lost one of his servegames.
Ok, next is Berdych... It will be extratough!
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Hm... They say Berdych pulled out of Barca. Didn't see official confirmation though.
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Thanx for the info, Dana!

I just came home hoping to see atleast the second set. It's a pity the match ended this way, Kei would've wanted to play more. And Berdych possibly out too? Hmmm.
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