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Great match and great win for Nishikori. Janowicz's resistance was significant and really made it competitive. Some quality stuff from both players and spectacular points. Nishikori at the net today was almost perfect. Janowicz serving very well under pressure, at least in first two sets. Kinda faded in third.

Still, from JJ's perspective I would say that was positive week. :yeah: :yeah: We gonna see what's going on at Wimbledon, but his level of play here and confidence was promising.
 

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Another good win by Kei on his worst surface. JJ/Dreddy like the grass more, and both played well, so they were good tests. JJ served very well here, just had the odd brain fade to get broken a few times. Will be an interesting match if Monfils makes it through, both players for whom grass is their least preferred surface.
 

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JJ tried hard, very disappointed at the end really.
 

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Yes I couldn't believe how well JJ served the first two sets, and staved off a lot of BPs. Really tested Kei.
I'm relieved for Kei but awesome battle today.
 

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Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by how well Janowicz served in this match. You simply never win many points on your 2nd serve against Nishikori (unless you are an Isner), and he endured that pressure and made good 1st serves for much of the match. He defended numerous BPs and was reasonably clutch both on serve and return.

I still think Nishikori is a horrible matchup for him, so he should get some positive from this one despite the disappointing loss.
 

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JJ nearly possesses all tools on grass, good serve, good movement, good dropshot and volly, even his BH isn't so bad.
 

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Have to say JJ played very well on grass.
Keep improving, Kei.
He was a Wimbledon Semifinalist (first 90's-born player to reach that level in a Slam), after all. ;)

Nishikori was returning well, returning the big Janowicz bombs. Janowicz' first serve percentage was pleasantly good and had a good percentage winning it. A loose game and aggressive returning by Nishikori to break JJ on the 1st Set. Janowicz still kept on fighting in the 2nd Set and finally broke Nishikori early on, and held one incredible 0-40 game, but gave up the game to serve for the Set, but broke back eventually and sealed the 2nd Set. Seems though that sadly Janowicz had no mental reserves left, but good for him to keep it as close as he could (it's hard to catch up serving behind). This match shows that JJ really wants to prove why he's was one of the supposed up and comers but his confidence right now is just not for a Top 20 player so it's good that he fought for this one. Really hope he finds something that would propel him for the next level or he would be someone that "what could've been".

P.S. If Stan retires, I hope he could attempt to ask Magnus Norman for help, especially as shown with Soderling and Stan, he brings their FH to a more consistent, yet powerful level that the former JJ needs. I just don't see him changing his team right now, and unless he decides it's time to level up I think he could be stuck where he is. He has the potential to be a Top 10 player if he fixes parts of his game because what he does are quite solid and he moves well for his size. He has the fighting spirit but just not the consistent confidence of a champion yet.
 

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Very good level shown by both and a very gritty win for Nishikori. Janowicz played well except for the odd service walkabouts. Besides that, he's either clawed his way back or shown very UnJanowicz like resilience. Good on him, he might do well in Wimbledon. Nishikori held his nerve and showed some great volleying. Both served exceptionally.
 

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JJ should be proud of his effort ...
 

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He was a Wimbledon Semifinalist (first 90's-born player to reach that level in a Slam), after all. ;)

Nishikori was returning well, returning the big Janowicz bombs. Janowicz' first serve percentage was pleasantly good and had a good percentage winning it. A loose game and aggressive returning by Nishikori to break JJ on the 1st Set. Janowicz still kept on fighting in the 2nd Set and finally broke Nishikori early on, and held one incredible 0-40 game, but gave up the game to serve for the Set, but broke back eventually and sealed the 2nd Set. Seems though that sadly Janowicz had no mental reserves left, but good for him to keep it as close as he could (it's hard to catch up serving behind). This match shows that JJ really wants to prove why he's was one of the supposed up and comers but his confidence right now is just not for a Top 20 player so it's good that he fought for this one. Really hope he finds something that would propel him for the next level or he would be someone that "what could've been".

P.S. If Stan retires, I hope he could attempt to ask Magnus Norman for help, especially as shown with Soderling and Stan, he brings their FH to a more consistent, yet powerful level that the former JJ needs. I just don't see him changing his team right now, and unless he decides it's time to level up I think he could be stuck where he is. He has the potential to be a Top 10 player if he fixes parts of his game because what he does are quite solid and he moves well for his size. He has the fighting spirit but just not the consistent confidence of a champion yet.
Yeah. If JJ had more confidence he should have beaten Kei today.
He is really a grass specialist, such an all talented guy.
 

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I only caught the third set but it was quite entertaining. Here's hoping that Nishikori can go all the way :yeah:
He won't. He will be an underdog in his next match :(
 

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Good fight from JJ.
 

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Yeah. If JJ had more confidence he would have beat Kei today.
He is really a grass specialist, such an all talented guy.
I don't think he's just a grass specialist. He is good also on indoors (finalist in Paris and this year in Motpellier(?)), but did have a QF in a Masters in Rome 2013 (did beat Tsonga on his way there). It's just that he had a long layoff after Wimbledon 2013 due to injury and then just can't capture his form after that. Lost so many 1st Round matches last year until he finally found some good wins later on the year. It's just that he's stagnated overall and hasn't improved much on his game from the past two years. This year he seems to be trying to be more consistent, with less early exits. I just feel that if he's just willing to accept he needs the change he would get his game back on top shape, get the confidence, and continue his momentum from 2013, to show that he could mix up with the likes of the other Young Guns.
 

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Good match. JJ was serving really well and he was playing smart. Not too many drop shots. Looks like he was tired in 3rd set.
It was a weird match for Kei. His best shots were slice and volley. He didn't use BH DTL at all.
 

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Janowicz is not someone to underestimate. He could go deep at Wimbledon and cause problems. Nishikori getting through a close match but NID really. Monfils on grass shouldn't be a problem for him.
 

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Good match. JJ was serving really well and he was playing smart. Not too many drop shots. Looks like he was tired in 3rd set.
It was a weird match for Kei. His best shots were slice and volley. He didn't use BH DTL at all.
Yeah. Best slice from Kei i have seen.
 
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