Kei Nishikori

  • Marin Cilic calls US Open title 'life-changing' September 10, 2014

    New York: US Open champion Marin Cilic said a pep talk in the locker room from coach Goran Ivanisevic helped him stay relaxed in the final. Cilic said on Tuesday that before he went on court for his 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kei Nishikori, Ivanisevic said to be sure to...
  • US Open champion Cilic jumps to 9th place, Nishikori 8th in ATP rankings September 9, 2014

    New York: US Open champion Marin Cilic's first Grand Slam title moved him up to No. 9 from No. 16 in the ATP rankings on Tuesday, while runner-up Kei Nishikori rose three spots to a career-best No. 8. Cilic beat Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in Monday's final at Flushing Meadows. Serena Williams'...
  • Kei Nishikori takes Japan from tragedy to tennis elite September 9, 2014

    For over three-quarters of a century men's tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide. Although Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 by Marin Cilic in Monday's final, his riveting run at the US Open has brought...
  • Cilic, one slam wonder or the next big thing? September 9, 2014

    New York: Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the US Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one slam wonder or perennial threat. The final was a strange and unfamiliar...
  • US Open: Marin Cilic crushes Kei Nishikori to win first Grand Slam title September 9, 2014

    New York: Unable to play in the US Open a year ago because of a doping suspension, Marin Cilic is now the tournament's champion. Croatia's Cilic won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday at Flushing Meadows, using 17 aces - including four...
  • US Open 2014: Tennis star Kei Nishikori mania hits Japan September 8, 2014

    Tokyo: Surging tennis star Kei Nishikori is all the rage in Japan after becoming the first Asian player to reach the US Open men's final. His Uniqlo-brand tennis shirts have sold out, as have the Wilson rackets he uses. Thousands of people have signed up for the satellite TV channel...
  • US Open: Nishikori, Cilic seek glory in unlikely final September 8, 2014

    New York: History, redemption and glory will be on the line when Japan's Kei Nishikori and Croatia's Marin Cilic battle for the US Open men's title on Monday. It will be the first time since the Australian Open final in 2005 that a men's grand slam final will not feature at...
  • I just wasn't myself, says Djokovic after stunning loss in US Open September 7, 2014

    World number one Novak Djokovic had no explanation for his flat performance in a stunning semi-final loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the US Open on Saturday. "I think he just played better in these conditions than I did," the Serb said of the 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 setback in brutal...
  • US Open: Top-seeded Djokovic, Federer stunned in semifinals September 7, 2014

    New York: Instead of Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer for the US Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises on Saturday. First, Japan's Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a major singles championship...
  • Kei Nishikori stuns Novak Djokovic to enter US Open final September 7, 2014

    New York: Japan's Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in stifling heat Saturday at the US Open. "It's just amazing, an amazing feeling beating the No. 1 player," Nishikori said in an on-court interview....
  • Kei Nishikori upsets Stan Wawrinka to reach US Open semis September 4, 2014

    Marathon man Kei Nishikori wore down Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (5), 6-4 to reach the US Open semi-finals on Wednesday, becoming the first Japanese man in 81 years to make the last four of a grand slam. Having already played the longest match of the...
  • Japan's Nishikori cruises in US Open first round August 27, 2014

    New York: Tenth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan cruised to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over American Wayne Odesnik in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, showing no apparent effects from a toe injury that hampered his preparations. Still, Nishikori needed more than two hours to dispatch the 176th-ranked...
  • Kei Nishikori doubtful for US Open with toe injury August 5, 2014

    Kei Nishikori faces a race against time to be fit for this month's US Open after the Japanese world number 11 was ruled out of action for three weeks with a toe injury. The 24-year-old, the first Japanese to break into the top 10 of the men's singles rankings, received treatment...
  • Japan's Kei Nishikori out of Rogers Cup with infected toe August 4, 2014

    Japan's Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from next week's hard-court tournament in Toronto because of what his agent says is a "severely infected right big toe." Nishikori's agent, Olivier Van Lindonk, says on Sunday that Nishikori has been struggling for a week with the problem and most likely will need "a small...
  • Kei Nishikori advances to 4th round at Wimbledon June 30, 2014

    London: Kei Nishikori of Japan completed a five-set victory over Italy's Simone Bolelli on Monday to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon. The two resumed play at 3-3 in the fifth set after their match had been suspended on Saturday. The 10th-seeded Nishikori broke in the 10th game of the final set...
  • Nishikori loses in first round of French Open May 26, 2014

    Paris: Kei Nishikori of Japan lost in the first round of the French Open on Monday. The ninth-seeded Nishikori was beaten by Martin Klizan of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-2 on Court 1 at Roland Garros. Nishikori came into the tournament after winning his first clay-court title in Barcelona last month...
  • Nishikori says injury better but 'not 100 per cent' May 24, 2014

    Paris: Tenth-ranked Kei Nishikori's hurt left hip is not completely healed, but he said Saturday that it "should be OK" for the start of the French Open. The first Japanese player to reach the ATP's top 10 told The Associated Press at Roland Garros that treatment he received for the injury...
  • Kei Nishikori is first Japanese man to break into top 10 May 13, 2014

    Tokyo: Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man to break into the top 10 of the world tennis rankings on Monday. Nishikori, who is No. 9, was assured of a place in the top 10 after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open. "It was a...
  • Rafael Nadal wins Madrid Open after Nishikori retires May 12, 2014

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal finally won another clay-court title, although not in a manner that alleviated any concerns about his recent form on his favorite surface. The top-ranked Spaniard won his fourth Madrid Open on Sunday after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw with a hip injury when trailing 2-6, 6-4,...
  • Rafael Nadal to play Kei Nishikori in Madrid Open final May 11, 2014

    Madrid: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is back in a clay court final at the Madrid Open, where Japan's Kei Nishikori denied an all-Spanish meeting by converting his 10th match point in a grueling victory over David Ferrer on Saturday. Nadal, the defending champion, reached his first clay final since winning in...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Santiago Giraldo to win Barcelona Open April 27, 2014

    Spain: Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-2 to win the Barcelona Open on Sunday for his first career title on clay. It was the fourth-seeded Nishikori's fifth career title on all surfaces and his second of the year. Giraldo started well with an early break in his favor...
  • Giraldo to play Nishikori in Barcelona final April 26, 2014

    Barcelona: Santiago Giraldo of Colombia beat Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the Barcelona Open. Giraldo will face fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan after he beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal on the red outdoor clay. Almagro slumped to his first loss...
  • Kei Nishikori, Ernests Gulbis storm into Barcelona Open semifinals April 25, 2014

    Kei Nishikori of Japan and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia overpowered opponents to reach the Barcelona Open semifinals on Friday. Fourth-seeded Nishikori continued his good run since returning from a groin injury with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic of Croatia. He goes on to play ninth-seeded Gulbis after the Latvian dismissed...
  • Kei Nishikori reaches quarterfinals of Barcelona Open April 24, 2014

    Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-4 on Thursday. Nishikori had been sidelined by a groin injury since beating Roger Federer last month. Russian player Teymuraz Gabashvili followed up his win over fifth-ranked David Ferrer with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over...
  • Czech Republic face injury-hit Japan in Davis Cup April 3, 2014

    Tokyo: Radek Stepanek will face Tatsuma Ito in the opening singles match on Friday as the Czech Republic continue their quest for another Davis Cup title in a quarter-final match against an injury-ravaged Japan team. Japan, playing in their first World Group quarter-final, are without top-ranked Kei Nishikori, who was forced...
  • Nishikori stuns Federer to reach Miami semis March 27, 2014

    A tireless Kei Nishikori shocked 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday to claim his second top five scalp in two days and reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open. After knocking off fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on Tuesday, the 21st ranked...
  • Nishikori beats Karlovic to defend Memphis title February 17, 2014

    Memphis: Kei Nishikori of Japan successfully defended his title at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, beating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Sunday. Nishikori won his fourth career title along with the $103,100 winner's check and 250 points on the ATP Tour by making this event at The...
  • Defending champion Nishikori reaches Memphis final February 16, 2014

    Memphis: Kei Nishikori of Japan will defend his title at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships after beating American Michael Russell 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals on Saturday. Nishikori, who won his third career ATP title here last year, will play Ivo Karlovic in the final. The big-serving Croat advanced when...
  • Nishikori rallies to reach semis in Memphis February 15, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee: Defending champion Kei Nishikori of Japan rallied to beat Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships on Friday. The top-seeded Nishikori will next play 35-year-old American Michael Russell, who upset third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-3, 7-6...
  • Defending champ Kei Nishikori wins in Memphis February 13, 2014

    Memphis: Defending champion Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday night in the US National Indoor Tennis Championships. Nishikori, who won his third career title at The Racquet Club last year, will play Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the quarter-finals on Friday. Bogomolov beat American...