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Nishikori won his first title in his 6th ATP tournament.
Twenty-eight players have won so far first title before 7th event (three players did it in a debut!)
In bold players who won first title as teenagers. From those players only O.Rochus hasn't reached GS semifinal, so maybe it's a good omen for Nishikori and his fans :wavey:
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Yahiya Doumbia (Lyon 1988)
Jose Francisco Altur (San Marino 1989)
Nicolas Lapentti (Bogota 1995)
Santiago Ventura (Casablanca 2004)
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Lleyton Hewitt (Adelaide 1998)
Steve Darcis (Amersfoort 2007)
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Danny Saltz (Auckland 1984)
Marc Rosset (Geneva 1989)
Fernando Gonzalez (Orlando 2000)
Olivier Rochus (Palermo 2000)
Jerome Haehnel (Metz 2004)
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Butch Walts (Boca Raton 1976)
Juan Ignacio Chela (Mexico City 2000)
David Ferrer (Bucharest 2002)
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Jose-Luis Clerc (Florence 1978)
Roberto Arguello (Venice 1983)
Peter Lundgren (Cologne 1985)
Mark Woodforde (Auckland 1986)
Richard Krajicek (Hong Kong 1991)
Dimitry Poliakov (Umag 1991)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (Mallorca 1999)
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Mark Edmondson (Australian Open 1975)
Shlomo Glickstein (Hobart 1980)
Aaron Krickstein (Tel Aviv 1983)
Jay Berger (Buenos Aires 1986)
Guillermo Coria (Vina del Mar 2001)
Jan Vacek (Costa Do Sauipe 2001)
Kei Nishikori (Delray Beach 2008)

 

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Good luck to him and Asian tennis.
 

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Gonzo :cool: he won over Nico in the final coming from the Q :D
 

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VERY impressive stats indeed. thanks for sharing, Voo. Nice to see Krajicek's Hong Kong feat there too. :D

I hope Kei will manage to continue to surprise/impress us tennis fans. :rocker2:
 

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VERY impressive stats indeed. thanks for sharing, Voo. Nice to see Krajicek's Hong Kong feat there too. :D
Krajicek won first two Challengers! :angel:
 

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Krajicek won first two Challengers! :angel:
Yep. As a Dutchie I well remember that. :p
Great player, even if his game was based on his absolutely incredible serve more than anything. He wouldn't get that far with the way the courts are nowadays, though.
 

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Doumbia and Ventura did it as qualifiers.
 

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Olivier :eek: I actually never knew he won a tournament as a teen. :lol:
 

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Yep. As a Dutchie I well remember that. :p
Great player, even if his game was based on his absolutely incredible serve more than anything. He wouldn't get that far with the way the courts are nowadays, though.
thats why he was even winning clay court tournaments and winning against claycourters all the time because he could only serve :rolleyes:
 

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That's a very impressive list! Glad Kei is now among them. :D

Actually, when I saw the title "sweet 16," I thought it was a list of players who first made some kind of impact on tour (juniors included) when he was 16. Kei won junior doubles at Roland Garros in 2006, when he was 16, teaming up with Emiliano Massa, and that's when I first heard his name. He was interviewed on Japanese TV back then and came across as a very modest, pleasant kid. But he was so small (even smaller than now) I thought it would take several years before he makes any impact on the main tour. And now this!! :worship:
 

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Nishikori won his first title in his 6th ATP tournament. According to my stats he fits into "sweet sixteen".
Sixteen players so far have won first title before 7th event (three players did it in a debut!)
In bold players who won first title as teenagers. From those players only O.Rochus hasn't reached GS semifinal, so maybe it's a good omen for Nishikori and his fans :wavey:

1 -
Yahiya Doumbia (Lyon 1988)
Nicolas Lapentti (Bogota 1995)
Santiago Ventura (Casablanca 2004)
2 -
Lleyton Hewitt (Adelaide 1998)
Steve Darcis (Amersfoort 2007)
3 -
Marc Rosset (Geneva 1989)
Fernando Gonzalez (Orlando 2000)
Olivier Rochus (Palermo 2000)

4 -
Juan Ignacio Chela (Mexico City 2000)
5 -
Mark Woodforde (Auckland 1986)
Richard Krajicek (Hong Kong 1991)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (Mallorca 1999)

6 -
Mark Edmondson (Australian Open 1975)
Aaron Krickstein (Tel Aviv 1983)
Guillermo Coria (Vina del Mar 2001)
Kei Nishikori (Delray Beach 2008)


thank you for posting this. My question, you didn't have Rafa on the list was this list restricted to only players who won after 7 events?
 

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thats why he was even winning clay court tournaments and winning against claycourters all the time because he could only serve :rolleyes:
You're misinterpreting my words. I didn't say ALL he could do was serve - but you have to agree with me that his serve was indeed his major weapon.
 

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thank you for posting this. My question, you didn't have Rafa on the list was this list restricted to only players who won after 7 events?
Nadal won first tournament in 25th attempt (Djokovic too) - it isn't impressive. Many players did it earlier. BTW I saw "live" that first Nadal's triumph in my home country :)
 

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What about Haehnel ? I was sure he did not play much ATP before he won Metz...
 

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Nadal won first tournament in 25th attempt (Djokovic too) - it isn't impressive. Many players did it earlier. BTW I saw "live" that first Nadal's triumph in my home country :)
Thanks for the clarification and information. I remember I saw him at mercedes cup in Sttutgart that year, I even have his practice video from that tournament. I would like to know wwas that before Sopot or after? I remember Canas one Stuttgart followed by Umag and Beijing.
 

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What about Haehnel ? I was sure he did not play much ATP before he won Metz...
Haehnel won the Metz 2004 title in only his 3rd ever appearance in a tour level event (the first two coming at RG and Stuttgart earlier that year).
 

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What about Haehnel ? I was sure he did not play much ATP before he won Metz...
Good point! I completely forgot about him! Metz was his just 3rd ATP tournament. It's a tough stats because ATP tournaments have won many hundreds players. Perhaps I skipped some other players...
 

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Thanks for the clarification and information. I remember I saw him at mercedes cup in Sttutgart that year, I even have his practice video from that tournament. I would like to know wwas that before Sopot or after? I remember Canas one Stuttgart followed by Umag and Beijing.
It was before Sopot. He lost to Ferrer in the quartefinal having 3 match points.
 
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