Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori ( Jap锦 织 圭, Kei Nishikori, born December 29, 1989 in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture) is a Japanese tennis player.

  • 2.1 Individual Victories
  • 2.2 finals


Kei Nishikori began five years playing tennis and qualified on 17 July 2007 at the age of 17 years in Los Angeles for the first time for an ATP tournament. Although he was defeated in the first round Wesley Moodie, he was considered a great talent. Since 17 October 2011, he is the highest-ranked Japanese of all time. The place among the top 20 in the world ranking reached Nishikori after the quarter-finals of the 2012 Australian Open, he lost to Andy Murray.


As a finalist in two USTA Pro Circuit events, Nishikori lost to Donald Young in Little Rock and Alex Bogomolov Jr. in Carson. However, when combined with Young, he won the doubles title in Little Rock. He also played with the triple French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten at the Sony Ericsson Open 2007 in Miami, where the double but was eliminated in the first round. After his ATP debut in Los Angeles, he qualified in July 2007 for the Indianapolis Tennis Championships. There, he beat Alejandro Falla in the first round with 6-4, 6-3 and celebrated his first victory at an ATP tournament. He then beat Michael Berrer in straight sets and was the youngest quarter-finalist in Indianapolis since Boris Becker. He lost the match against Dmitry Tursunov. D.C. On his third ATP tournament in Washington He retired in the second round against Julien Benneteau of. Even his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open, failed. In Tokyo, he received a wild card and defeated Zack Fleishman in the first round. On 31 December 2007 he was ranked 286 in the world rankings. He was also awarded at the end of the "Tokyo Sports Writers Club Award".


In February 2008, Nishikori qualified in Delray Beach, where he reached his first ATP final, and surprisingly won against James Blake. This was the first ATP title in 16 years for a Japanese. With this victory he improved to position 131 in the world rankings. When clay tournament in Bermuda he could celebrate another ATP tournament victory on April 27.

His Wimbledon debut on 23 June 2008 against Frenchman Marc Gicquel Nishikori had to abort prematurely because of a worsening in the course of the encounter abdominal muscle injury. Gicquel won the game when the score was 4:6, 7:5 task because of his opponent.

Then Nishikori played for his country at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he lost in the first round against the German Rainer Schuettler.

His first U.S. Open appearance in the pros brought him in 2008 to the last sixteen. In round 1, he hit the Juan set at position 29 Mónaco in four sets, then the world number -94. Roko Karanusic who gave up after two lost games. In the third round he defeated in a thrilling five- set match a sensational set at number 4 Spaniard David Ferrer. The second round match he lost to the set at position 17 Argentine Juan Martín del Potro in three sets. At the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, he reached the second round. In Stockholm he stood in the semi-finals, failed there, however, to Robin Soderling.


At the beginning of the season he reached the quarter-finals in Brisbane, had to be there but the Frenchman Paul -Henri Mathieu 3:6, defeated 4:6. Making its debut at the Australian Open, he lost in the first round against Jurgen Melzer. In early March, he played on the side of Gō Soeda, Satoshi Iwabuchi and Takao Suzuki for the Japanese Davis Cup team in the match against China. He won his singles match against Ze Zhang smooth in three sets and helped Japan to the rise of the semi-final against Uzbekistan.

Due to an elbow injury he had to quit early season in March, after a year he gave his comeback in 2010.


The breakthrough Nishikori 2011, when he repeatedly the semi-finals, including at the Shanghai Masters, and the final of the Swiss Indoors Basel reached, after the former world number one Novak Djokovic off. He lost the final against Roger Federer with 1:6, 3:6.


Nishikori came at the Australian Open 2012 to the quarter-finals, in which he, however, Andy Murray had to be clearly beaten 3:6, 3:6, 1:6 itself. He celebrated his biggest success so far in October by winning the Japan Open, where for 40 years he was able to triumph as the first Japanese. Against Canadian Milos Raonic, Nishikori won his fourth match point 7:6, 3:6 and 6:0.


Individual wins