Nishikori Kei – Recap on the man who defeated David Ferrer

Australian Open 2012 – Fourth Round | Photo by Bettor

Nishikori Kei is currently the world’s number 17th player, and has given some shocking results throughout his career. In the Basel 2011 semi-finals, he defeated Novak Djokovic(though, Djokovic was suffering an injury) with a game count of 2-6, 7-6, 6-0. Then, in 2012, he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round of the Australian Open with a game count of 2-6 6-2 6-1 3-6 6-3. And now, he’s defeated the number 5 David Ferrer in the third round of the 2012 Olympics with a game count of 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

Nishikori Kei faced Bernard Tomic of Australia in the first round, and defeated him with a game count of 7-6, 7-6. He then went up against the Russian number 1 Nikolay Davydenko, and despite the fact that Davydenko took the first set, Nishikori was able to win with a game count of 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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Nishikori won the first set against David Ferrer with a game count of 6-0, which was very surprising for me. I was expecting for David Ferrer to win, but after I saw the first set, my predictions changed. Despite the fact that Ferrer took one set back, Nishikori was able to win against the 30 year old Spaniard David Ferrer. Nishikori played aggressively on break points, but could not exactly do what he wanted to do as the ball caught the net often. His forehand shot to Ferrer’s backhand was pretty fast and good angled, which is one of the best shots that Nishikori favors.

However, in the quarter finals of the London Olympics, Kei Nishikori faced Juan Martin del-Potro, and was defeated 4-6, 6-7(4). Nishikori put up a great fight in the second set, even though he was loosing 3-0 in the beginning. It’s a bummer not being able to see the Japanese number one in the semi-finals of the olympics. Though, Nishikori is still 22 years old, so he’s got a good future in his career.

Del Potro will be facing Roger Federer in the semi-finals in the London Olympics.

~Jin

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