Nishikori, Levine win openers

Kei takes a quick break from practicing on Center Court

Kei takes a quick break from practicing on Center Court at the 2008 AIG Open in Tokyo, Japan

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.

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~ by Nick's Picks on September 30, 2008.

6 Responses to “Nishikori, Levine win openers”

  1. Who’s Mr. Morita? Any relation to Ayumi Morita?

  2. I don’t think so. Mr Morita made it possible for Kei to come to the Academy when he was 13 and has helped him every step of the way.

  3. Hey Nick , how come you dont have any picks posted ? Think Lu and Levine can upset Ferrer and Gonzo?

  4. Man Gasquet blew Kei off the court.Very disappointed in the poor display as I expected him to at least hold some service games.

  5. He did himself no justice and should have retired

  6. Mr michael, I never think he should have retired…
    Each time, he does him best !

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