Nishikori, Levine win openers
Japanese phenom Kei Nishikori won his opening round match today in front of his home fans at the AIG Open in tokyo. Nishikori, who trains at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, defeated American Robbie Kendrick 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-2 in just over two hours. Nishikori saved both break points that he faced and broke Kendrick twice. Nishikori will now face 16th-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round. This isn’t that bad of a draw considering how fast the court is playing over there.
This is a nice win for Kei, and it is also important for the entire country of Japan. To have a player that they can look up to and follow is a great inspiration for all. I would like to thank Mr. Morita for making this possible and also to Shuzo Matsuoka for everything he has done for Japanese tennis. Good luck to Kei in the second round, keep it up!
Also winning was American Jesse Levine. He beat Danai Udomchoke 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in just about an hour and 20 minutes. Levine broke Udomchoke six times in 11 chances. He will now face the top seed in the tournament, David Ferrer, in the second round.