Kei Nishikori at the 2011 French Open
|Full name||Kei Nishikori|
|Residence||Bradenton, Florida, United States|
29 December 1989 |
Matsue, Shimane, Japan
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 11 (17 June 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 17 (4 November 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2012)|
|French Open||4R (2013)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||4R (2008)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 167 (19 March 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 192 (8 July 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||2R (2011)|
|Last updated on: 8 July 2013.|
Kei Nishikori (錦織 圭 Nishikori Kei ) (born 29 December 1989 in Matsue, Shimane, Japan) is a Japanese tennis player, currently ranked World No. 19 as of October 2013. He began playing tennis at the age of five and qualified for his first ATP main draw event at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles at the age of 17. Nishikori was named ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2008. He has won three singles titles and has reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Australian Open. On 17 June 2013, he reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 11.
Nishikori lives in Florida and trains at IMG Academy. His father, Kiyoshi, is an engineer, and his mother, Eri, is a piano teacher. He has an older sister, Reina, who graduated from college and works in Tokyo. His pastimes include football, golf, reading, and listening to music.
In December 2010, it was announced that Nishikori would be coached by Brad Gilbert for the 2011 season and by Dante Bottini from IMG Academy Gilbert has also coached Andy Murray and former World No. 1s Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.
Nishikori won the 2004 title at the Riad 21 Tournament in Rabat, Morocco and was a quarter-finalist at the 2006 Junior French Open. He partnered with Emiliano Massa to win the 2006 Junior French Open. Nishikori won the 2007 Luxilon Cup held at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open by defeating Michael McClune.
As a junior he compiled a 73–37 win/loss record in singles (and 53–31 in doubles), achieving a combined ranking of No. 7 in the world in July 2006.
Junior Slam results – Singles:
A finalist in two USTA Pro Circuit events, Nishikori lost to Donald Young in Little Rock, Arkansas and Alex Bogomolov, Jr. in Carson, California. He partnered with Donald Young to win the doubles title at Little Rock. He paired with triple-French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida, where they lost in the first round. Nishikori served as a hitting partner for Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
After his ATP main draw debut in Los Angeles, he qualified for the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in July 2007. He beat Alejandro Falla in the first round, 6–4, 6–3, to record his first ATP main-draw win. He followed that up with a three-set win over Michael Berrer, the eliminator of seventh seed Robby Ginepri to advance to his first ATP quarterfinal. He lost to Dmitry Tursunov, but Nishikori became the youngest player to reach the quarterfinals at Indianapolis since Boris Becker, who went on to reach the semifinals in 1985.
In his third career ATP event, Nishikori defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round in Washington, D.C., before falling to Julien Benneteau in the second. He qualified for the ATP event in Beijing and lost in the first round to Ivan Ljubičić. Nishikori received a wildcard to the ATP event in Tokyo, Japan, where he lost in the first round to Zack Fleishman. He participated in the draw ceremony in Tokyo and received the Tokyo Sports Writers Club award. Nishikori represented Japan at the Asian Hopman Cup 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nishikori started the year by reaching the semifinals of the Miami challenger tournament. He then entered the Delray Beach tournament as a qualifier ranked World No. 244. He gained entrance to the main draw by defeating Nicolas Todero and Alex Bogomolov, Jr.. In the first round, he defeated Florian Mayer due to a retirement in the second set. In the second round, Nishikri defeated Amer Delic, another qualifier. In the quarterfinals, he won against Bobby Reynolds. In the semifinals, he upset Sam Querrey. In the final, Nishikiori upset top seed James Blake in three sets, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4, to become the first Japanese man in nearly 16 years to win an ATP event. He lost in the first round of the Miami Masters to the Spanish player Albert Montañés. He faced James Blake again, this time at the River Oaks International tournament in Houston, Texas in the first round, but Kei lost 4–6, 4–6. He went out in the third round of the 2008 Queen's Club Championships against Rafael Nadal, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, in just over two hours. Facing the World No. 2, Nishikori played well in the match and showed promise. His first Grand Slam appearance at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships on 23 June 2008 ended in a first-round forfeiture to French player Marc Gicquel. Suffering from an abdominal muscle strain, Nishikori retired after the second set, after winning the first set 6–4, but losing the second by 5–7. In August, he entered the Beijing Olympics on a wildcard. There, he lost in the first round to Rainer Schüttler of Germany.
Nishikori made his debut at the US Open, defeating 29th seeded Juan Mónaco, 6–2, 6–2, 5–7, 6–2, in the first round. He cruised to the third round, after downing Croatian Roko Karanušić. On 30 August 2008, he became the first Japanese player to reach the round of 16 at the US Open in 71 years, when he beat fourth seed David Ferrer in five sets, 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 7–5, in what was considered one of the tournament's major upsets. He lost his chance, however, to compete in the quarterfinals when he was beaten by 17th seed Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets, 3–6, 4–6, 3–6.
Nishikori was given a wildcard for the Stockholm Open, where he made it to his second ATP level semifinal of the year, despite playing with a knee injury. He received a walkover in his quarterfinal match against Mario Ančić, who had to withdraw due to illness. In the semifinals, he was beaten by fourth seed Robin Söderling, 1–6, 0–6.
Nishikori made a disappointing start to the season, losing to Jürgen Melzer, 5–7, 2–6, 1–6, in the first round of the Australian Open. On 25 March, Nishikori was named 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year and became the first Asian player to win the award. He withdrew from the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open because of an injured right elbow.
Kei made his comeback after his injury of the previous year. After receiving a wildcard at Delray Beach, he was beaten in the first round by Benjamin Becker. Kei returned to the Challenger tour later in April with great success, reaching quarterfinals at both Baton Rouge and Tallahassee events, followed by a victory at the Savannah Challenger over Ryan Sweeting, 6–4, 6–0, in the final. On 15 May 2010, he won the Sarasota open by defeating Brian Dabul, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4.
Nishikori played in his first French Open. He rebounded from two sets down to defeat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the first round, 2–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4, but he lost his second match against Novak Djokovic, 1–6, 4–6, 4–6. He lost to Richard Gasquet in the first round of the 2010 Aegon Championships, 3–6, 3–6. At Wimbledon, he played second seed Rafael Nadal in the first round and lost, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6,
At the U.S. Open, the Japanese No. 1 met Croatian Marin Čilić in the second round. Nishikori ousted the 11th seed, 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 6–1, to advance to the third round, his best Grand Slam showing in 2010.
In the 2011 Australian Open, Nishikori reached the third round. In the first round, he defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy, 6–1, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4. He then ousted Florian Mayer of Germany in the second round, 6–4, 6–3, 0–6, 6–3. His run was ended in the third round by ninth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 2–6, 4–6, 3–6. After the third-round appearance in Melbourne, his ranking rose to No. 70.
At the first two ATP Masters Series events of the year, Nishikori suffered a first-round loss at Indian Wells and a second-round loss in Miami. Nishikori then reached his second final at the 2011 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. He was defeated by American wildcard Ryan Sweeting.
At Roland Garros, Nishikori lost in the second round to Sergiy Stakhovsky, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–7. He faced Lleyton Hewitt in the first round at Wimbledon, but lost in four sets, 1–6, 6–7, 7–6, 3–6. Nishikori then retired in his first-round match against Flavio Cipolla at the US Open.
At the 2011 Shanghai Masters, Nishikori reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal. In the second round, he defeated Robin Haase in three sets, after losing the first set 0–6. In the third round, Nishikiori scored the biggest upset of the tournament by defeating fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4. Nishikiori followed up that impressive performance with another three-set victory, this time over Santiago Giraldo, 7–6, 4–6, 6–3. In the quarterfinals, Nishikori upset 12th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3. He lost to No. 2 Andy Murray in his first Masters 1000 semifinal. He reached a career-high of World No. 30.
In the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament Nishikori defeated an ailing World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to reach the final in three sets, 2–6, 7–6, 6–0, coming back from a 4–5, 0–30 deficit in the second set. The win was only Djokovic's fourth loss of the season, second loss in a completed match, and first loss of a completed match on a non-clay surface. Nishikori was defeated in the final by Roger Federer, who was about to embark on a major run of form that eventually saw him retake the Wimbledon title and World No. 1 spot the following year. On the heels of the victory, Nishikori was granted special exemption into the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters and achieved a ranking of World No. 24.
Nishikori started the season at the Brisbane International, where he lost in the second round to Marcos Baghdatis. At the 2012 Australian Open, Nishikori came back from a set down to defeat sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, where he was then defeated by fourth seed Andy Murray. Nishikori was the first Japanese male player to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 80 years.
In Toronto, he lost his first match (after a first-round bye) to Sam Querrey. He did better in Cincinnati, making it to the third round before being defeated by Stanislas Wawrinka, who ended up a semifinalist in the event. Nishikori had also lost to Wawrinka in the quarterfinals in Buenos Aires in February.
On 7 October, eighth seed Nishikori won the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo against sixth seed Milos Raonic of Canada in three sets, 7–6, 3–6, 6–0 to win his first ATP 500 series title and second career ATP Tour title, lifting his world ranking from World No. 17 to a career-high of World No. 15. Nishikori's win was historic as he became the first Japanese man to win the Japan Open in its 41-year history.
Nishikori started the year by playing the Brisbane International and reached the semifinals before retiring to Andy Murray 4–6, 0–2 because of a knee injury. Nishikori then reached the fourth round of the Australian Open before falling to fourth-seeded David Ferrer 2–6, 1–6, 4–6. Nishikori was bothered by a nagging knee injury throughout the match. Nishikori then won his third career title in the U.S. National Indoor Championships by defeating Feliciano López 6–2, 6–3. Seeded fifth, Nishikori finished the tournament without dropping a set in taking the $291,800 winner's check, and moved up six ranking spots from No. 22 in the ATP rankings to No. 16.
On 9 May, Nishikori defeated defending champion Roger Federer at the Madrid Open in the third round 6–4, 1–6, 6–2.
Nishikori currently uses the Wilson BLX Steam 100 racquet and wears Uniqlo clothing and adidas Barricade 7.0 shoes. He is also sponsored by Nissin Foods and Tag Heuer. He is often seen wearing a Cup Noodles badge on his sleeve during matches. He also carries around a character from the popular videogame Mother/ Earthbound which is called Mr Saturn.
Nishikori is an offensive baseline player, known for his speed and footwork around the court. His groundstrokes, while possessing depth, lack penetrating power, instead relying on spin for consistency. He has a functional set of volleys and a consistent serve. Equally solid on both the forehand and backhand wings, Nishikori makes it difficult for opponents to attack a specific weakness. He uses his speed and agility to wear-down and outthink his opponent, and often likes to create an open court with his forehand so he can hit a backhand
ATP career finals
Singles: 5 (3 Titles, 2 Runner-ups)
|Grand Slam (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour 500 series (2–1)|
|ATP World Tour 250 series (1–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||11 February 2008||International Tennis Championships, United States||Hard||James Blake||3–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||10 April 2011||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, United States||Clay||Ryan Sweeting||4–6, 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||2.||6 November 2011||Swiss Indoors, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Roger Federer||1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||7 October 2012||Japan Open, Japan||Hard||Milos Raonic||7–6(7–5), 3–6, 6–0|
|Winner||3.||24 February 2013||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, United States||Hard (i)||Feliciano López||6–2, 6–3|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||1R||Not Held||QF||NH||3–2||60.00|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Year End Ranking||63||418||98||25||19||17||$3,339,891|
- ATP Profile
- ITF Profile
- "Kei Nishikori and world renowned tennis coach Brad Gilbert form team". IMG Sports Academy. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- Newcomer Nishikori shocks Blake
- ITF places announced for 2008 Olympic Tennis Event
- Nishikori wins ATP newcomer award
- "John Isner in Hall of Fame Tennis championships quarters". 12 July 2012.
- "Nishikori's medal dreams ended by Del Potro". Retrieved 2 August 2012.
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