Nishikori scoops athlete of 2014 award

Dec 22, 2014

Nishikori scoops athlete of 2014 award

Kei Nishikori, who took the tennis world by storm this year, when he reached the finals of the U.S. Open and competed at the season-ending Tour Finals, was named the winner of the grand prize at the Japan Pro Sports Awards on Monday. The ...

Nishikori reflects on momentous season

Nov 19, 2014

Nishikori reflects on momentous season

Kei Nishikori won’t lie: even he wasn’t expecting the season he had in 2014. “I never expected to come this far,” Nishikori said on Tuesday, a day after returning from London where he reached the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals. “My goal ...

Nishikori reflects on dynamic success, stress on tour

Nov 18, 2014

Nishikori reflects on dynamic success, stress on tour

Kei Nishikori on Tuesday confessed to feeling a tad envious of his tennis rivals being cheered on courtside by wives and girlfriends, but showed lightning footwork to dodge the $6-million question. “Tennis players are always on the road so it must help relieve some ...

Djokovic puts away Nishikori

Nov 16, 2014

Djokovic puts away Nishikori

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame a lapse of concentration to beat Kei Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 and advance to a third straight final at the ATP Finals on Saturday. The Serb, who sealed the year-end No. 1 spot after finishing unbeaten in the ...

Federer scores easy win over Nishikori

Nov 12, 2014

Federer scores easy win over Nishikori

Roger Federer made the most of Kei Nishikori’s erratic play Tuesday to secure a 6-3, 6-2 victory and move closer to a semifinal spot at the ATP Finals while Andy Murray posted his first victory to stay in contention at the elite tournament. Federer, ...

Nishikori rolls past Murray

Nov 10, 2014

Nishikori rolls past Murray

Kei Nishikori admitted he had to overcome a severe case of stage fright before marking his ATP Finals debut with an impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray. Nishikori, the first Asian man to qualify for the prestigious season-ending tournament, had the honor of ...

Tennis' new generation ready for challenge

Nov 8, 2014

Tennis' new generation ready for challenge

A season that produced the biggest shakeup in men’s tennis for more than a decade draws to a close next week with three ATP World Tour Finals debutants striving to cap breakthrough years with a large exclamation mark. U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, the ...

Nishikori trying to remain grounded amidst success

Nov 3, 2014

Nishikori trying to remain grounded amidst success

His mere presence causes hysteria and pandemonium in the Land of the Rising Sun and he has no tennis equal in a continent heaving with 4,427 billion inhabitants, yet self-effacing Kei Nishikori thinks he is simply “one” of the best players in Japan. One ...

Fatigued Nishikori falls to Djokovic in Paris semifinals

Nov 2, 2014

Fatigued Nishikori falls to Djokovic in Paris semifinals

Kei Nishikori admits his body is hurting after a tumultuous season that has seen him establish himself as a potential Grand Slam winner, but he has one last mountain to climb. That will come in London in eight days when the speedy Japanese star ...

Nishikori books spot at ATP Finals

Nov 1, 2014

Nishikori books spot at ATP Finals

Kei Nishikori earned a spot in the ATP Finals after defeating David Ferrer of Spain in three sets to reach the semifinals at the Paris Masters on Friday. No. 6 seed Nishikori came from behind to beat the fourth-seeded Ferrer 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 ...