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Nishikori falls short

May 10, 2015

Nishikori falls short

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori saw his hopes of reaching the Madrid Open final for the second year in a row end on Saturday with a straight-sets defeat to Britain’s Andy Murray in the semifinals. Murray won 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting ...

Kei powers into Madrid semis

May 9, 2015

Kei powers into Madrid semis

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori moved into the semifinals of the Madrid Open for the second year in a row on Friday with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer. Fourth-seeded Nishikori, beaten in the final here last year, won 6-4, 6-2 against the Spaniard ...

Nishikori, Nadal move into quarterfinals at Madrid Open

May 8, 2015

Nishikori, Nadal move into quarterfinals at Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal showed no signs of his recent slump as he eased past Italy’s Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open on Thursday. There were also straight sets wins for Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. Last year’s finalist Nishikori ...

Kyrgios ousts Federer at Madrid Open; Nishikori advances

May 7, 2015

Kyrgios ousts Federer at Madrid Open; Nishikori advances

Top-seeded Roger Federer made an early exit from the Madrid Open on Wednesday after a narrow, second-round loss to Nick Kyrgios. The 20-year-old Australian ended Federer’s hopes of a fourth title at the Spanish tournament by rallying for a 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 ...

Sharapova reaches third round of Madrid Open

May 6, 2015

Sharapova reaches third round of Madrid Open

Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday. The third-seeded Russian and defending champion broke Duque-Marino’s serve four times while saving three break points on her own serve. “She is someone ...

May 4, 2015

Nishikori sets sights on final round

Kei Nishikori hopes to pick up what he left behind in the final last year as the World No. 5 Japanese gears for the Madrid Open. “I’m stronger both physically and mentally this year,” Nishikori said on the opening day of the tournament Sunday. ...

Nadal remains confident despite recent slump in form

May 1, 2015

Nadal remains confident despite recent slump in form

Rafael Nadal insisted Thursday that he will not panic over his worrying slump in form which has placed serious question marks over his dream of a 10th French Open title. The 28-year-old Spaniard is down at four in the world rankings and has maximum ...

Apr 30, 2015

Djokovic pulls out of Madrid Masters

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will miss the Madrid Masters next week to rest as he attempts to complete the career Grand Slam at next month’s French Open. “The Serbian announced that he will not compete at the Caja Magica and will take a ...

Apr 28, 2015

Federer thinks Nadal still the man to beat at French Open

Switzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer on Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favorite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star’s troubled start to the clay court season. Federer, who took his sole French Open title ...

Win 'The Road to Top'

Apr 28, 2015

Win 'The Road to Top'

The Japan Times is offering several readers the chance to win a copy of the recently released Japanese book “The Road to Top” about Kei Nishikori and his rise to become one of the best tennis players in the world. The autobiography traces Nishikori’s ...

Nishikori claims title at Barcelona Open

Apr 27, 2015

Nishikori claims title at Barcelona Open

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori successfully defended his title at the Barcelona Open by beating Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday’s final. The fifth-ranked Japanese fought back from early breaks in both sets to claim his second clay-court title in as many years at the ...