Nishikori powers into fourth round

Jan 21, 2017

Nishikori powers into fourth round

Kei Nishikori reached the Australian Open fourth round with a convincing, straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko on Friday. The fifth seed made it to the last 16 for the sixth straight year with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Slovak qualifier in 2 ...

Nishikori flies flag for Asia at Aussie Open

Jan 18, 2017

Nishikori flies flag for Asia at Aussie Open

Kei Nishikori swept into the third round of “The Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific,” then lamented the fact that the world’s most populous continent was still struggling to produce more players capable of ending its Grand Slam men’s singles drought. The fifth-seeded Japanese took ...

Nishikori confirms he will miss Davis Cup tie

Jan 16, 2017

Nishikori confirms he will miss Davis Cup tie

Kei Nishikori is the latest player to skip the Davis Cup because of the packed calendar, the Japanese confirming on Monday that he would be unavailable for his country’s World Group opener against France following the Australian Open. “I’m not playing because the schedule, ...

Jan 14, 2017

Nishikori likely out of Davis Cup tie against France

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori revealed Saturday that his schedule has dissuaded him from playing in Japan’s Davis Cup fixture against France in February. The World Group first-round tie will be held at Ariake Tennis Forest Park from Feb. 3 to 5, but Nishikori ...

Nishikori ready to compete for big titles

Jan 14, 2017

Nishikori ready to compete for big titles

Kei Nishikori said he’s become more mature and mentally stronger and is now ready to convert his immense promise into Grand Slam success. The fifth-ranked 27-year-old, the highest-ranked Asian men’s singles player ever, has won 11 career titles but never a major championship. He ...

Nishikori falls to Dimitrov in Brisbane final

Jan 8, 2017

Nishikori falls to Dimitrov in Brisbane final

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori failed to capture his season-opening tournament, losing 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s Brisbane International final. Nishikori failed to capitalize on a second-set comeback, allowing Dimitrov, the seventh seed and world No. 17, back in the ...

Nishikori makes Brisbane final

Jan 7, 2017

Nishikori makes Brisbane final

Kei Nishikori corrected his poor record at the Brisbane International semifinals by beating U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for the first time at the season-opening tournament. Wawrinka, who won the Chennai tournament in India in ...

Nishikori rolls into Brisbane International semifinals

Jan 6, 2017

Nishikori rolls into Brisbane International semifinals

Kei Nishikori put in an improved performance on Friday at the Brisbane International, beating Australia’s Jordan Thompson 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal matchup. The one-hour win in the Australian Open warmup was relatively straightforward, a big improvement on the world No. 5’s three-set struggle ...

Rusty Nishikori beats Donaldson in opener

Jan 4, 2017

Rusty Nishikori beats Donaldson in opener

Kei Nishikori was rusty in his season-opening match against Jared Donaldson. Still, Nishikori found enough to hold off the American qualifier 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday and reach the Brisbane International quarterfinals. Eighth-seeded David Ferrer didn’t make it that far, saving four match points ...

Nishioka loses opening match at Brisbane International

Jan 3, 2017

Nishioka loses opening match at Brisbane International

Yoshihito Nishioka crashed out in the first round of the Brisbane International on Tuesday, falling to world No. 29 Victor Troicki. Nishioka eventually fell 6-4, 7-5 in a match that was suspended due to rain after Troicki won the first set on Monday. “I ...