Nishikori reaffirms goal to become best in the world

Sep 13, 2014

Nishikori reaffirms goal to become best in the world

Kei Nishikori called his loss at Monday’s U.S. Open final an important step in his career when he arrived in Japan on Saturday. “The frustration of losing the final was big, but it marked my taking a big step in my tennis career,” Nishikori ...

Cilic ends Nishikori's dream run

Sep 9, 2014

Cilic ends Nishikori's dream run

Kei Nishikori came up short in his bid to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam title, losing in straight sets to Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open final on Monday. Tenth-seeded Nishikori fell 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to his Croatian opponent, ...

Fans rally behind Nishikori despite loss

Sep 9, 2014

Fans rally behind Nishikori despite loss

by Kazuaki Nagata

Despite a disappointing loss for Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open final Tuesday in New York, Japanese fans rallied behind the young tennis star, saying that his improbable run to the final will be a valuable experience for him. Nishikori’s loss “was of course ...

Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Sep 8, 2014

Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Gaku Shibasaki hopes he can take his first step onto the international stage Tuesday, hours after a fellow Aomori Yamada High School alumni tries to make sporting history with the world watching him — that being Kei Nishikori. In New York on Monday, Nishikori ...

Nishikori ready to make history

Sep 8, 2014

Nishikori ready to make history

Kei Nishikori’s journey to the U.S. Open final began a decade ago, when he was spotted as a teen at a tryout in Japan and invited to move to Florida to attend a tennis academy. Nishikori was among the first beneficiaries of a project ...

Nishikori makes U.S. Open semis with historic victory

Sep 4, 2014

Nishikori makes U.S. Open semis with historic victory

Kei Nishikori felt like he had jet lag. That will happen after playing more than 8½ hours of tennis in two Grand Slam matches separated by about a day and a half. Nishikori did not mind, because he knew he made history. He became ...

Nishikori powers into final 16

Aug 31, 2014

Nishikori powers into final 16

Kei Nishikori advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2008 with a straight-sets victory over Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer on Saturday. World No. 11 Nishikori won 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, and will face big-serving Milos Raonic in the ...