Hanyu looks to continue strong start by Japan men

| Nov 4, 2014

Hanyu looks to continue strong start by Japan men

Often the campaign following an Olympic season can be a letdown. Some skaters retire (Daisuke Takahashi, Akiko Suzuki), others chose to sit out (Mao Asada, Patrick Chan), and some don’t quite have the same motivation that drives them when the quadrennial event is on ...

Nishikori rises to No. 5

Nov 3, 2014

Nishikori rises to No. 5

When Kei Nishikori became the first Asian man to break into the top 10 in the ATP Tour rankings back in May, he said his next goal was to make the top five. Less than six months later, he has done it. Nishikori was ...

Nishikori good enough to become No. 1

| Oct 8, 2014

Nishikori good enough to become No. 1

Kei Nishikori’s victory in the Rakuten Japan Open final on Sunday was not just a testament to his exceptional physical ability, but further evidence that he has the mental toughness to go all the way to the top. The very top. Witnessing what I ...

Nishikori captures Japan Open title

Oct 5, 2014

Nishikori captures Japan Open title

Even a typhoon bearing down on Tokyo could not stop the tennis faithful from making the trek to Ariake Colosseum on Sunday afternoon to watch national hero Kei Nishikori go for his fourth ATP Tour title of the season. They weren’t disappointed by coming ...

Nishikori advances to final

Oct 4, 2014

Nishikori advances to final

Kei Nishikori is one victory away from his second Rakuten Japan Open title after his 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) victory over unseeded Benjamin Becker of Germany on Saturday in the semifinals. Nishikori, who is nursing a lower-back injury, started slowly and appeared to have ...

Nishikori books spot in Rakuten Japan Open semis

Oct 3, 2014

Nishikori books spot in Rakuten Japan Open semis

Kei Nishikori continued his march toward the Rakuten Japan Open final on Friday afternoon with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over unseeded Jeremy Chardy of France in the quarterfinals. The seventh-ranked player in the world, Nishikori put on another fine display with an array of ...

Nishikori beats Young to reach Japan Open quarterfinals

Oct 2, 2014

Nishikori beats Young to reach Japan Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rakuten Japan Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over unseeded American Donald Young on Thursday afternoon at Ariake Colosseum. The fourth-seeded Nishikori, ranked No. 7 in the world, blasted away from the baseline and capitalized ...

Nishikori blazes past Dodig

Oct 1, 2014

Nishikori blazes past Dodig

Kei Nishikori dispatched unseeded Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-4 in their first-round match at the Rakuten Japan Open on Wednesday afternoon. With the roof closed at Ariake Colosseum due to inclement weather, Nishikori put on the type of clinical performance that has become expected ...

Wild card Ito stuns top-seeded Wawrinka at Japan Open

Sep 30, 2014

Wild card Ito stuns top-seeded Wawrinka at Japan Open

Wild card Tatsuma Ito shocked top seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-5, 6-2 in their first-round match at the Rakuten Japan Open on Tuesday afternoon. With the roof open at a sun-drenched Ariake Colosseum, Ito took the initiative from the outset and never looked ...