Nishikori eyes top five; hopeful of Paris return

May 14, 2014

Nishikori eyes top five; hopeful of Paris return

Kei Nishikori, whose ascent to No. 9 in the latest world tennis rankings made him the first Japanese man to break into the top ten, spoke on Tuesday about his anticipated return from injury for the year’s second Grand Slam event and his commitment ...

Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters, to have MRI on injury

May 13, 2014

Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters, to have MRI on injury

In-form Kei Nishikori withdrew as expected from the Rome Masters on Monday with a hip injury that forced him to pull out in the third set of Sunday’s Madrid Open final with Rafael Nadal. However, in a boost to the organizers Roger Federer, who ...

Injured Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters

May 12, 2014

Injured Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters

Beaten-down 10th seed Kei Nishikori withdrew as expected from the Rome Masters on Monday with the lower-back complaint which plagued him in his weekend Madrid final loss to Rafael Nadal. Nishikori, the first player from Japan to break into the ATP top 10 as ...

Nadal wins Madrid Open after Nishikori retires

May 12, 2014

Nadal wins Madrid Open after Nishikori retires

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 ...

Streaking Nishikori to battle Nadal in Madrid Open final

May 11, 2014

Streaking Nishikori to battle Nadal in Madrid Open final

Kei Nishikori reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final by edging world No. 5 David Ferrer at the Madrid Open on Saturday night. It took just under three hours on court but 12th-ranked Nishikori came through with a 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3 ...

Nishikori reaches semis, cracks top 10

May 10, 2014

Nishikori reaches semis, cracks top 10

Kei Nishikori will become the first Japanese to crack the top 10 of the ATP rankings following a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday. The 24-year-old Nishikori is currently 12th in the world, and his previous ...

Nishikori, Nadal move into Madrid Open quarters

May 9, 2014

Nishikori, Nadal move into Madrid Open quarters

Kei Nishikori pulled out a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) victory over eighth-seeded Milos Raonic on Thursday to book a spot in the Madrid Open quarterfinals for the second straight year. Nishikori and Raonic traded a break en route to a first-set tiebreaker, which Nishikori ...

Nishikori dispatches Dodig in Madrid Open

May 5, 2014

Nishikori dispatches Dodig in Madrid Open

Kei Nishikori, who is bidding for his second consecutive tour title, defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia in straight sets in the first round of the Madrid Open on Monday. The world No. 12 Nishikori downed Dodig 6-4, 6-4 to set up a meeting with ...

Nishikori wins Barcelona Open

Apr 28, 2014

Nishikori wins Barcelona Open

Kei Nishikori beat Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-2 to win the Barcelona Open on Sunday for his first career title on clay. Giraldo started well with an early break but an argument with the chair umpire about a line call seemed to rattle the ...

Nishikori defeats Gulbis to reach Barcelona Open final

Apr 26, 2014

Nishikori defeats Gulbis to reach Barcelona Open final

Kei Nishikori produced some flawless tennis on Saturday to advance to the final of the Barcelona Open with a 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis. On Sunday, Nishikori will play in the second clay-court final of his career, when he faces either ...

Nishikori in semis; Nadal falls

Apr 26, 2014

Nishikori in semis; Nadal falls

Kei Nishikori of Japan and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia overpowered their opponents to reach the Barcelona Open semifinals on Friday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal had his 41-match winning streak in the Barcelona ended with a three-set loss to Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals. Fourth-seeded ...

Nishikori, Nadal stay on collision course in Barcelona

Apr 25, 2014

Nishikori, Nadal stay on collision course in Barcelona

Kei Nishikori moved into the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open with a straight-sets win over Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev on Thursday. Fourth-seeded Nishikori, who defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round in his first match since March, capitalized on a number of errors ...