Nishikori v Roddick Tonight at ATP San Jose
by Richard Vach | February 21st, 2008, 10:00 am
  • No Comments

Florida-via-Japan sensation Kei Nishikori, the 18-year-old winner of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships last week, will face American No. 1 Andy Roddick on Thursday night at the SAP Open in San Jose.

Roddick barely made the second-round meeting after a 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(5) win over big serving Aussie Chris “Penthouse” Guccione, who only made the main draw as a lucky loser when another player withdrew due to injury.

“Tonight I played OK,” Roddick said after surviving 20 aces from Guccione. “I’m glad I have something to show for it. If my biggest problem is the passing shot, that’s a good thing. I’m worried about getting the serve back. That’s the kind of match where you can play horribly and win or play well and lose.”

Nishikori advanced into the second round with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Argentine Diego Hartfield.

“I want to play Roddick; that’s why I won today,” Nishikori said. “I saw he was watching, and I got so nervous. For two games I couldn’t even move.”

After his win at Delray Beach, Nishikori revealed that he had taken a set off Roger Federer in practice last year at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami where he competed in the junior draw. The Japanese 18-year-old has in two weeks displayed a level-headed mental approach beyond his years, and a gliding court sense reminiscent of the world No. 1 Swiss, with the Japanese media dubbing him the “Japanese Federer.”

While it may seem like a lot to live up to, Nishikori has thus far dealt with the pressure. Roddick for one is not taking him lightly going into their Thursday night encounter.

“He’s full of confidence,” Roddick said. “Ten days ago he’s 244 (ranked), playing first-round qualifiers at Delray Beach. Now, he’s a player. He has nothing to lose, he has momentum on his side and he’s confident. That’s a lot to deal with.”

Also Check Out:
Snarling Roddick Takes Down Nishikori in Obscenity-Laden Victory
Nishikori Reveals Federer Set Win, Sizes-Up San Jose
Roddick v. Blake Tonight in Memphis
Federer Tries To Stop The Rot; Roddick, Raonic Return From Injury In San Jose
Federer Tries To Join Del Potro, Berdych In Rotterdam SFs; Roddick Tests Ankle In San Jose

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get Tennis-X news FREE in your inbox every day

Comments are closed.

Top story: Andy Murray Leads Great Britain Into Davis Cup Final Against Belgium This Weekend
  • Recent Comments
ATP - Nov 23 WTA - Nov 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Andy Murray2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 Rafael Nadal5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 David Ferrer7 Venus Williams
8 Kei Nishikori8 Flavia Pennetta
9 Richard Gasquet9 Lucie Safarova
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Angelique Kerber
More: Tennis T-Shirts | Tennis Shop | Live Tennis Scores | Headlines

Copyright © 2003-2015 All rights reserved.
This website is an independently operated source of news and information and is not affiliated with any professional organizations.