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)|
Dante Bottini (2010–)
Michael Chang (2014–)
|Career record||189–105 (64.29%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (3 November 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 5 (3 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2012)|
|French Open||4R (2013)|
|US Open||F (2014)|
|Tour Finals||SF (2014)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2012)|
|Career record||17–22 (43.59%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 167 (19 March 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 540 (6 October 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||2R (2011)|
|Last updated on: 5 October 2014.|
Kei Nishikori (錦織 圭 Nishikori Kei, born 29 December 1989) is a Japanese professional tennis player, ranked World No. 5 as of 3 November 2014. He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP Singles Ranking. 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 seven singles titles and was runner-up at the 2014 US Open, making him the first ever male player from an Asian country to reach a Grand Slam singles final. He also became the first man from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and reached the semi-finals in 2014. Nishikori also was runner-up in the Madrid Masters in 2014.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Playing style
- 6 Significant finals
- 7 ATP career finals
- 8 Singles performance timeline
- 9 Wins over top-10 players per season
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Nishikori was born in Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. 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. He began playing tennis at the age of five. He first won the All Japan Tennis Championships for Kids in 2001. He graduated from Aomori-Yamada High School, and moved to Florida to join the IMG Academy. 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 the IMG Academy Gilbert also has coached Andy Murray and former world No. 1s Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. Nishikori has been coached by former world No. 2, Michael Chang, since January 2014.
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 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.
2008: First ATP title
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, Nishikori 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 to become the first Japanese man in nearly 16 years to win an ATP event.
Nishikiori 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 in two sets. He went out in the third round of the 2008 Queen's Club Championships against Rafael Nadal 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. 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 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 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.
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.
2009: Disappointing injury season
Nishikori made a disappointing start to the season, losing to Jürgen Melzer 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 in the final. On 15 May 2010, he won the Sarasota open by defeating Brian Dabul, in three sets.
Nishikori played in his first French Open. He rebounded from two sets down to defeat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the first round but he lost his second match against Novak Djokovic. He lost to Richard Gasquet in the first round of the 2010 Aegon Championships. At Wimbledon, he played second seed Rafael Nadal in the first round and lost in straight sets.
At the U.S. Open, the Japanese No. 1 met Marin Čilić in the second round. Nishikori ousted the 11th seed in 5 sets to advance to the third round, his best Grand Slam tournament showing in 2010.
In the 2011 Australian Open, Nishikori reached the third round, defeating Fabio Fognini and Florian Mayer along the way. His run was ended in the third round by ninth seed Fernando Verdasco. 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. He faced Lleyton Hewitt in the first round at Wimbledon, but lost in four sets. Nishikori then retired in his first-round match against Flavio Cipolla at the US Open.
At the Shangai Masters, Nishikori reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal. He defeated Robin Haase, fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Santiago Giraldo, in the first three rounds. In the quarterfinals, Nishikori upset 12th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets. 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, 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. 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.
2012: First Major quarterfinal & second ATP title
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 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.
2013: Third ATP title
Nishikori started the year by playing the Brisbane International and reached the semifinals before retiring to Andy Murray because of a knee injury. Nishikori then reached the fourth round of the Australian Open before falling to fourth-seeded David Ferrer. 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 in straight sets. Seeded fifth, Nishikori finished the tournament without dropping a set in taking the winner's check, and moved up six ranking spots from No. 22 in the ATP rankings to No. 16.
In 2013 U.S Open first round, Nishikori was stunned by world no. 179 Daniel Evans in straight sets.
2014: Reaching the Top 5 and Grand Slam & Masters Runner Ups
Michael Chang became Kei Nishikori's coach in 2014.
Nishikori made it to the fourth round in the Australian Open, losing to Rafael Nadal in a tight 3-setter. He defended his title at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis, defeating Ivo Karlovic in the final. He then played at the Masters 1000 event in Miami, where he was seeded 20th. Nishikori saved four match points before defeating 4th seed David Ferrer and advanced to the semifinals with a three-set win against 5th seed Roger Federer. Because of a left groin injury, he gave 2nd seed Novak Djokovic a walkover in the semifinals. He withdrew from Japan's Davis Cup quarterfinal against the Czech Republic. Nishikori returned to action at the end of April, in Barcelona, winning the final against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in two sets.
On 10 May Nishikori made history by reaching the final of Madrid Open, his first Masters 1000 tournament final. Nishikori beat David Ferrer in three sets in the semi-final, and faced world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal in the final. Nishikori won the first set and led by a break in the second, but Nadal hit back to level the match before Nishikori was forced to retire in the 3rd set due to a back injury. The result saw him achieve a career-high #9 in ATP singles ranking. Nishikori lost in the first round of the French open to Martin Klizan in three sets.
Nishikori bounced back from the French Open first round loss in the grass court season by reaching the semifinals of the 2014 Gerry Weber Open before losing to Roger Federer in straight sets. Nishikori participated in the Wimbledon Championships and made it to the fourth round after surviving a tight 5-setter to Simone Bolelli, but eventually lost in the fourth round to Milos Raonic, despite winning the opening set. Nishikori opened his hard-court season by participating in the Citi Open. He reached the quarterfinals only to be beaten by Richard Gasquet for the fifth time in his career in straight sets.
Nishikori reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2014 US Open. He beat Wayne Odesnik, Pablo Andujar, Leonardo Mayer and then world No. 6 Milos Raonic in a marathon five-set match that lasted until 2:30 am, a record late finish at the US Open en route to the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, he beat Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka to ensure that he would regain a top ten ranking and he is also the first Japanese man in 81 years to reach the semi-finals at a Major. Nishikori then defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals to become the first Japanese man ever to reach a Grand Slam tournament final. Nishikori lost to Marin Čilić in straight sets in the final. The U.S. Open moved Nishikori to a ranking of eighth.
Beginning the Asian Swing of the World Tour, Nishikori entered the Malaysian Open as first seed and won for a third season title, beating Julien Benneteau 7-6(4), 6-4. Nishikori then went on to participate in the Rakuten Japan Open and won the title for the second time defeating Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in the final. However, he later suffered a first round straight-sets lost to Jack Sock in the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Nishikori then played in the BNP Paribas Masters and reached the semi-final, defeating Tommy Robredo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer, each in three sets. However, he was ousted by an in-form Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. This semi-final appearence guaranteed his berth for his ATP World Tour Finals debut.
In his first Year-End ATP Finals, Nishikori defeated Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4 and David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, but was defeated by Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. With this result, he qualified in to the semi-finals and faced an in-form Novak Djokovic, losing 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, thus ending the Year at a career high World No. 5
Nishikori vs. Raonic
Nishikori and Raonic met 5 times, once in 2012 and 4 times in 2014. Nishikori leads their head-to-head 4-1. Nishikori won their first match in 3 sets, again winning in 2014 at the Madrid Masters where he was a finalist. In Wimbledon 2014, Raonic scored his first win against Nishikori. Nishikori won their last 2 matches at the US Open 4R and the Rakuten Tokyo Open final.
Nishikori currently endorses the Wilson BLX Steam 99 racquet, however, it is believed by racquet enthusiasts that he still uses an older modified Wilson nCode nTour underneath the Steam paint job. In the past, special versions of the Steam racquet have been sold by Wilson, exclusively in Japan, capitalizing on Nishikori’s popularity in his home country. Most recently, in 2012, the Steam Pro was available for sale, and was advertised as having the same specifications as Nishikori’s actual racquet. He wears Uniqlo clothing and Adidas Barricade 8.0 shoes. He is also sponsored by Nissin Foods, TAG Heuer, Fast Retailing, LVMH Moët Hennessy, Japanese financial services firm Jaccs Co., WOWOW, mattress topper Air Weave, EA Games, and Delta Air Lines. He is often seen wearing a Cup Noodles badge on his sleeve during matches. In 2011, he filmed a commercial for Morinaga & Company's sports drink Weider in Jelly. He also carries around a character called Mr. Saturn from the popular video game Mother / Earthbound.
Nishikori is an offensive baseline player, known for his speed and footwork around the court. His greatly improved western forehand is a weapon from all areas of the court. Especially in recent years, he has developed a style of taking the ball very early and taking control of the point immediately, on both the serve and return.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||2014||US Open||Hard||Marin Čilić||3–6, 3–6, 3–6|
Masters 1000 finals
Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runners-up)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||2014||Madrid Open||Clay||Rafael Nadal||6–2, 4–6, 0–3 Retired|
ATP career finals
Singles: 11 (7 titles, 4 runners-up)
|Grand Slam (0–1)|
|ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)|
|ATP World Tour 500 series (4–1)|
|ATP World Tour 250 series (3–1)|
|Winner||1.||11 February 2008||International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States||Hard||James Blake||3–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||10 April 2011||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Ryan Sweeting||4–6, 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||2.||6 November 2011||Swiss Indoors, Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Roger Federer||1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||7 October 2012||Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Milos Raonic||7–6(7–5), 3–6, 6–0|
|Winner||3.||24 February 2013||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Feliciano López||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||16 February 2014||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States (2)||Hard (i)||Ivo Karlović||6–4, 7–6(7–0)|
|Winner||5.||27 April 2014||Barcelona Open, Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Santiago Giraldo||6–2, 6–2|
|Runner-up||3.||11 May 2014||Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain||Clay||Rafael Nadal||6–2, 4–6, 0–3 Retired|
|Runner-up||4.||8 September 2014||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||Marin Čilić||3–6, 3–6, 3–6|
|Winner||6.||28 September 2014||Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Julien Benneteau||7–6(7–4), 6–4|
|Winner||7.||5 October 2014||Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan (2)||Hard||Milos Raonic||7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended." This table is current through the 2014 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP World Tour Finals||Did Not Qualify||SF||2–2||50%|
|Summer Olympics||NH||1R||Not Held||QF||NH||3–2||60%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Year End Ranking||281||63||421||100||25||19||17||5|
Wins over top-10 players per season
|1.||David Ferrer||4||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||3R||6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 7–5||126|
|2.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||8||Shanghai, China||Hard||2R||6–7(1–7), 6–4, 6–4||47|
|3.||Tomáš Berdych||7||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||1R||3–6, 6–3, 6–2||32|
|4.||Novak Djokovic||1||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||SF||2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–0||32|
|5.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||6||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||4R||2–6, 6–2, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3||26|
|6.||David Ferrer||5||Olympics, London, United Kingdom||Grass||3R||6–0, 3–6, 6–4||17|
|7.||Tomáš Berdych||6||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||QF||7–5, 6–4||17|
|8.||Roger Federer||2||Madrid, Spain||Clay||3R||6–4, 1–6, 6–2||16|
|9.||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||9||Paris, France||Hard (i)||2R||1–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(9–7)||19|
|10.||David Ferrer||4||Miami, United States||Hard||4R||7–6(9–7), 2–6, 7–6(11–9)||21|
|11.||Roger Federer||5||Miami, United States||Hard||QF||3–6, 7–5, 6–4||21|
|12.||Milos Raonic||9||Madrid, Spain||Clay||3R||7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)||12|
|13.||David Ferrer||5||Madrid, Spain||Clay||SF||7–6(7–5), 5–7, 6–3||12|
|14.||Milos Raonic||6||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||4R||4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(6–8), 7–5, 6–4||11|
|15.||Stan Wawrinka||4||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||QF||3–6, 7–5, 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7), 6–4||11|
|16.||Novak Djokovic||1||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||SF||6–4, 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3||11|
|17.||Milos Raonic||8||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||F||7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4||7|
|18.||David Ferrer||6||Paris, France||Hard (i)||QF||3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4||7|
|19.||Andy Murray||6||ATP World Tour Finals, London, UK||Hard (i)||RR||6–4, 6–4||5|
|20.||David Ferrer||10||ATP World Tour Finals, London, UK||Hard (i)||RR||4–6, 6–4, 6–1||5|
- ATP Profile
- ITF Profile
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- Newcomer Nishikori shocks Blake
- ITF places announced for 2008 Olympic Tennis Event
- Nishikori wins ATP newcomer award
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- "Nishikori's medal dreams ended by Del Potro". Retrieved 2 August 2012.
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- Official website
- Kei Nishikori at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Kei Nishikori at the International Tennis Federation
- ATP DEUCE Magazine: Project 45 No Longer A Secret
- Kei Nishikori Official Facebook Fanpage
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