Jun 14, 2014

Nishikori reaches semifinal round

Kei Nishikori defeated Steve Johnson 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open. Nishikori made short work of the first set, but remained on-serve through the second set despite three break chances. Nishikori won the tiebreaker for a ...

Kei bounced in first round

May 27, 2014

Kei bounced in first round

Still not fully recovered from injury, ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-2 to 59th-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the first round of the French Open on Monday. A year ago, Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 75 years to reach ...

Nishikori exits French Open in first round

May 26, 2014

Nishikori exits French Open in first round

Ninth seed Kei Nishikori crashed out of the French Open in the first round on Monday, clearly still suffering from his recent back injury. Nishikori, 24, was the first Japanese man in 75 years to make the fourth round in Paris in 2013. But ...

Nishikori seeded ninth for French Open

May 23, 2014

Nishikori seeded ninth for French Open

Kei Nishikori received the ninth seed in the men’s singles draw at the French Open getting under way Sunday for a career high at a Grand Slam tournament. The 24-year-old Nishikori, who is currently ranked 10th in the world, will play World No. 62 ...

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 ...