101 Facts About Kei Nishikori

1. Kei Nishikori returns to the Australian Open with a win.

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2. Kei Nishikori had his debut in a Grand Slam Tournament in 2008 when he competed during the 2008 Wimbledon.

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3. Kei Nishikori had his debut in Davis Cup in April 2008 when in the semifinals, Japan faced India.

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4. Kei Nishikori debuted at Indianapolis Tennis Championship in 2007 in a match against Alejandro Falla which he won.

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5. Kei Nishikori finished his high school studies at Aomori-Yamada High School.

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6. Kei Nishikori ended up losing in the final to Marin Cilic of Croatia handily in three sets.

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7. Kei Nishikori entered the Olympic tournament seeded No 4 and cruised through competition to the quarterfinal.

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8. Kei Nishikori played in his first Olympic Games ever in 2016 and returned home from Brazil with some hardware.

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9. In 2014, Kei Nishikori received the highest ranking of his career, at No 4.

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10. Kei Nishikori finished 2016 ranked No 5 in the world, as well after improving from his No 8-ranking in 2015.

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11. Kei Nishikori advanced to the fourth round with the victory and advanced to play Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.

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12. Kei Nishikori is back in the Round of 16 at the Australian Open.

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13. Kei Nishikori was born to Kiyoshi Nishikori, an engineer and Eri Nishikori, a piano teacher in Matsue in the Shimane Prefecture, Japan.

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14. In 2008, Kei Nishikori entered the Delray Beach Tournament as a world No 244-ranked qualifier and went on to win the tournament by defeating top-seed James Blake in three sets.

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15. Kei Nishikori served as the hitting partner for Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

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16. In 2004, Kei Nishikori won the title at the Riad 21 Tournament in Rabat, Moracco.

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17. Kei Nishikori started playing tennis at the young age of five and won his first title for the All Japan Tennis Championships for Kids in 2001.

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18. Kei Nishikori was born on 29 December 1989 in Matsue in the Shimane Prefecture in Japan.

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19. Kei Nishikori can generate a lot of pace, especially on his flat backhand, while his Western forehand is accurate and consistent.

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20. Kei Nishikori is often seen wearing a Cup Noodles badge on his sleeve during matches.

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21. Kei Nishikori wears Uniqlo clothing and as of the beginning of 2017 red Nike Vapor Tour shoes after having played for almost a decade in Adidas.

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22. In 2010, Kei Nishikori avenged that loss at the US Open, beating Cilic in a tough five-setter lasting almost five hours.

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23. Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals since Takeichi Harada in the 1924 Paris Olympics.

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24. Kei Nishikori competed in the singles competition from ITF places spot.

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25. Kei Nishikori beat Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic in the singles rubbers, and teamed up with Yasutaka Uchiyama for a victory in doubles over Dancevic and Daniel Nestor.

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26. Kei Nishikori played the singles rubber on the first day, but lost to Rohan Bopanna in five sets.

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27. Kei Nishikori was 18 years and 104 days old, the youngest player to play for Japan.

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28. Kei Nishikori won 15 of the next 17 games, before Majchrzak retired down 3 games to none in the fifth set.

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29. Kei Nishikori defeated Denis Kudla, sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, and Jeremy Chardy to reach the final, where he defeated fourth seed Daniil Medvedev in three sets to win the title.

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30. Kei Nishikori started his 2019 season at the Brisbane International, where he was seeded second.

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31. Kei Nishikori was eliminated in the group stage after losing his next two matches against Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem.

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32. Kei Nishikori was then defeated by third seed Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

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33. Kei Nishikori defeated Adrian Mannarino before facing Kevin Anderson in the third round, this time defeating him in straight sets.

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34. Kei Nishikori defeated Frances Tiafoe, Karen Khachanov, top seed Dominic Thiem, and Mikhail Kukushkin to reach his third final of the year, where he was defeated by second seed Kevin Anderson.

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35. Kei Nishikori defeated Peter Gojowczyk and Nikoloz Basilashvili before being upset by qualifier Matthias Bachinger in the semifinals in three sets.

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36. Kei Nishikori defeated Maxime Janvier, Benoit Paire, and Gilles Simon before falling to seventh seed Dominic Thiem in the fourth round.

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37. Kei Nishikori defeated Radu Albot in the quarterfinals in three sets, before losing to Kevin Anderson in the semifinal.

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38. Kei Nishikori lost in the semifinal to Novak Djokovic in straight sets despite a close 2nd set.

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39. Kei Nishikori lost to then world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final in straight sets.

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40. Kei Nishikori lost to fourth seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

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41. Kei Nishikori joined Jimmy Connors as the only four-time winners of the event.

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42. Kei Nishikori failed to qualify for the semifinals, finishing in third place in his group.

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43. Kei Nishikori reached third rounds of the Shanghai Rolex Masters before losing to Kevin Anderson.

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44. Kei Nishikori was upset in his semifinal match by unseeded Benoit Paire.

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45. Kei Nishikori advanced to the 4R for the second time in his career after his third round opponent, Benjamin Becker, withdrew due to a right shoulder injury.

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46. Kei Nishikori faced world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the QF and lost in three sets.

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47. Kei Nishikori reached the semifinals after beating Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer in straight sets respectively.

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48. Kei Nishikori successfully defended his title by beating Pablo Andujar in the final in two sets to win his ninth career title on the tour.

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49. Kei Nishikori reached the 2015 Brisbane International doubles finals with his partner Alexandr Dolgopolov but lost in straight sets.

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50. Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 81 years to reach the semifinals at a Major since Jiro Sato in 1933 French Championships.

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51. Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals only to be beaten by Richard Gasquet for the fifth time in his career in straight sets.

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52. Kei Nishikori reached a career-high of world No 30, breaking the previous Japanese mark of No 46, set by Shuzo Matsuoka in July 1992.

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53. Kei Nishikori lost to No 2 Andy Murray in his first Masters 1000 semifinal.

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54. Kei Nishikori defeated Robin Haase, fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Santiago Giraldo, in the first three rounds.

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55. Kei Nishikori made his comeback after his injury of the previous year.

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56. Kei Nishikori cruised to the third round, after downing Croatian Roko Karanusic.

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57. Kei Nishikori went out in the third round of the 2008 Queen's Club Championships against Rafael Nadal in just over two hours.

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58. Kei Nishikori began playing tennis at the age of five.

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59. Kei Nishikori has an older sister, Reina, who graduated from college and works in Tokyo.

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60. Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and reached the semifinals in 2014 and 2016.

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61. Kei Nishikori has won 11 singles titles and was runner-up at the 2014 US Open, making him the first male player representing an Asian country to reach a Grand Slam singles final.

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62. Kei Nishikori is currently ranked world No 7 by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

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63. Kei Nishikori is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 5 in singles, and first reached his career-high singles ranking of world No 4 in March 2015.

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64. Kei Nishikori bowed out of the ATP Finals with a whimper just four days after his shock win over Roger Federer.

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65. Kei Nishikori admits to a poor week despite toppling Roger Federer.

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66. Kei Nishikori snapped a personal six-math losing streak against Roger Federer to move to the top of the table in London.

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67. Kei Nishikori produced a huge upset at the ATP Finals on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over a below-par Roger.

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68. Kei Nishikori feels he is "lucky" to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals and is hoping for a solid week in London.

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69. Kei Nishikori will be among the players taking part in the ATP Finals.

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70. Kei Nishikori set for ATP Finals test after bouncing back from slump.

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71. Kei Nishikori is set to make his fourth appearance ever at the ATP Finals in London.

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72. Under the coaching of Michael Chang, Kei Nishikori has gained the habit of taking balls earlier without compromising consistency, reminiscent of Andre Agassi, allowing him to take time away from his opponents.

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73. As of 2015, Kei Nishikori currently uses the Wilson Burn 95.

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74. In a five set thriller, Kei Nishikori won a spot in the semifinal of the US Open for only the third time.

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75. In 2018, at the US Open, Cilic and Kei Nishikori met in the quarters.

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76. At the London 2012 Olympics, Kei Nishikori competed in the singles and doubles competitions, partnering Go Soeda.

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77. Kei Nishikori represented Japan at his maiden Olympics in Beijing 2008.

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78. In a bid to regain match fitness, Kei Nishikori entered the Monte-Carlo Masters for the first time since 2012, having never progressed past the third round at the tournament before.

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79. Kei Nishikori was unseeded at the 2018 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco and lost against Denis Shapovalov in the first round.

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80. Kei Nishikori made a back-to-back winning return in New York by defeating Noah Rubin and Evgeny Donskoy in the first and second round respectively.

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81. Kei Nishikori went on to win his next four matches en route to win his sixth ATP Challenger career titles in Dallas, by defeating Mackenzie McDonald in the final.

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82. Kei Nishikori returned after a 5-month injury layoff and started his 2018 season by playing at the American challenger tour events.

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83. Kei Nishikori began the year by reaching the finals of Brisbane, beating Wawrinka along the way, before falling to champion Grigor Dimitrov.

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84. Kei Nishikori made his third successive appearance at the year-end championships after becoming the fifth player to qualify for the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.

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85. Kei Nishikori began his grass season at the Halle Open, but retired in the 2nd round due to a hip injury.

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86. Kei Nishikori improved his feat by reaching the quarterfinal again in the Miami Open by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets.

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87. Kei Nishikori qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals for the second straight year in a row, clinching eighth place.

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88. Kei Nishikori started the Asian Fall by participating in his hometown tournament, Rakuten Japan Open, where he reached the semifinals, including victories over Borna Coric, Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic.

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89. Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open in 82 years by beating Teymuraz Gabashvili.

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90. Kei Nishikori opened his French Open campaign by defeating both Paul-Henri Mathieu and Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets to advance to the third round.

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91. Kei Nishikori was given a tough draw at the 2015 Italian Open but managed to reach the quarterfinal after beating Jiri Vesely and Viktor Troicki, both in straight sets.

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92. At the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open, Kei Nishikori was granted a first-round bye and proceeded by defeating David Goffin in three tough-sets in the second round.

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93. Kei Nishikori began his clay-court season at the 2015 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell where he reached the final after beating Teymuraz Gabashvili, Santiago Giraldo, Roberto Bautista Agut and Martin Klizan.

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94. Kei Nishikori equalled his best record yet in the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals for the second time in his career, dropping only 2 sets along the way, but he was beaten in straight sets by defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

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95. Kei Nishikori began the 2015 season by participating in the 2015 Brisbane International and reached the semifinals before being beaten by Milos Raonic in 3 tight-set tiebreaks.

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96. Kei Nishikori began the Asian Swing by entering the Malaysian Open as first seed and won for a third season title, beating Julien Benneteau in two sets.

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97. Kei Nishikori reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2014 US Open.

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98. Kei Nishikori opened his hard-court season by participating in the Citi Open.

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99. Kei Nishikori participated in the Wimbledon Championships and made it to the fourth round after surviving a tight 5-setter against clay-court specialist Simone Bolelli, but eventually lost in the fourth round to Milos Raonic, despite winning the opening set.

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100. Kei Nishikori bounced back from the French Open first round loss in the grass court season by reaching the semifinals of the 2014 Gerry Weber Open before losing to Roger Federer in straight sets.

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101. Kei Nishikori lost in the first round of the French Open to Martin Klizan in three sets.

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