Did Kei Nishikori Use A 10-Minute Shower Break To Help Him Win Bronze Over Rafael Nadal In Rio?
by Staff | August 14th, 2016, 7:30 pm
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Kei Nishikori won his first Olympic medal today beating Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3 in Rio this afternoon.
Nishikori becomes the first Japanese medalist in 96 years and it’s just the Olympic tennis medal for Japan.

“I’m very happy to win, to get a medal today, even though third place. It means a lot for me to especially beat Rafa today,” Nishikori said today after the 2-hour, 49-minute win.

“I knew before playing Olympics that if I can play good tennis, good, solid tennis, I have a chance to get a medal, he said. “I was playing for my country. This is something different from other tour. But I was very enjoying. For sure this experience will help for my confidence and for my future.”

Nishikori had chances to serve out the second set but failed to do so on two occasions at 5-2 and 5-4.

The win was his third over a Top 10 player this week and he earns just his second career win over Nadal in 11 tries.

The match however, was not without controversy. After dropping the second, Nishikori left the court and went to the locker room where he reportedly took a shower!

Whether or not Nishikori took a shower or not, after the lengthy “clothing change” or “toilet break” he came back refreshed and comfortably closed out the Spaniard in the decider.

Nadal reportedly wasn’t pleased with Nishikori’s tactics.

And Rafa’s wrist remains an issue.

“The wrist is not perfect. It bothers me when I hit the forehand. The serve, the backhand – nothing else bothers me,” Nadal said after the loss.

“The truth is, when I hit the forehand, I feel it bothering me a little bit, but without a doubt it’s been a positive week in all aspects. I’ve played for many hours and the wrist at least didn’t get worse.”

Both players will now head to Cincinnati where, if they do play, they could be on court as early as Tuesday evening.


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79 Comments for Did Kei Nishikori Use A 10-Minute Shower Break To Help Him Win Bronze Over Rafael Nadal In Rio?

AndyMira Says:

I think we have to forgive Kei for what he’s done…maybe it’s not deliberate..maybe he has a stomach upset or maybe he felt nauseous and vomit in the locker room,maybe he felt dizzy..who knows but to take 10 minutes break was outrageous and unusual unless there’s something going on…and what’s more,the bronze was not meant for Rafa..it’s as simple as that..


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t like double standards, as the matter of fact I hate them seing far too many of them in my “short” life. Nishikori is player that I dislike, right up there with Roger, but he hasn’t done anything the other players are not doing, including Rafa, Nole, Andy, Roger. It can be gamesmanship, but is not cheating since it is legal, toilet break, MTO and so on.
We tend to see only the things that happens to our favorite forgetting the time when he was doing the ssme to other players.
There aren’t Saints in this game, they are all humans including human imperfections.
Rafa was doing the same toilet breaks to Dimitrov, Nishikori and others at AO2014, repeatedly and nobody made big fuss about that. Dimitrov is about to serve for the set and Rafa in the middle of Dimitrov service motion is deciding to change racquet and interrupts Grigor.
Roger is decoding to take a piss when Davidenko is all over him, Nole is taking MTO against Rafa in USO final, Andy is dropping the ball numerous time when he is due to serve against Nole at last year FO.
So give Nishikori break, he’s got cunning coach, that I dislike too, and knows how to use gamesmanship to his advantage, but on the other sidr of the net is player who is not stranger to gamesmanship either.


Wog Boy Says:

^^
“deciding” not “decoding”


Travis Bickle Says:

“Roger is decoding to take a piss when Davidenko is all over him, Nole is taking MTO against Rafa in USO final, Andy is dropping the ball numerous time when he is due to serve against Nole at last year FO.”

Please WB, Nole took that MTO for TORN MUSCLE! After that, he was spinning first serves at less than 90 mph, and when he returned to Europe further destroyed his muscle in the Delpo DC match…

So, perhaps other guys’ examples you mentioned could be gamesmanship, but Novak’s MTO in the USO 2011 final was legit! Novak does not cheat – he is likely the ONLY guy who regularly gives points to his opponents – and in terms of fair-play, he is the best of all top players.

I am actually surprised that you, as a genuine Novak fan, dump him in a group of “everyone does it” when clearly Novak is far ahead in fairness of everyone…


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

As Nole fan I had to throw something in the mix..
Otherwise agree with you, he gave Tsonga crucial point in TB this year that he didn’t have to do, no umpire or Tsonga sow that ball touched him and so on.


Okiegal Says:

Are you kidding me…..is as shower allowed?? Maybe that is why Stan got hot over Rafa going to the locker room AO 14….maybe he thought he was gonna take a shower…lol Surely Kei didn’t shower……


James Says:

Nadal has taken tons of “strategic” breaks. So have others. None of them are examples of sportsmanship – but singling out nishikori while not acknowledging the others is just plain hypocrisy.


James Says:

Fact is Nadal was already in decline the last couple of years. Now with this wrist issue – at 30+, he’s pretty much done. Accept it.


skeezer Says:

Rafa is just mad that taking breaks doesn’t work for him;
http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2012-03-18/9110.php
Taking a break when your opponet is serving for the match?
Low,,,very low.


Travis Bickle Says:

Skeezer,

Are you talking of “low, very low” bathroom break in the AO 2010 QF (Federer-Davidenko)??? If not, let me refresh your “short” memory:

Roger was crushed in the first set (6-2) and then took that infamous bathroom break. After the match, during his press conference, Federer explained why:
“When the sun comes from the side, the ball seems half the size and is just hard to hit. I never take toilet breaks, but I thought Why not? I just hoped that with every minute it took, the sun would move another centimeter.”

Since I know you’re blind when it comes to Roger cheating Skeezer, but let me remind you that the rules of tennis clearly state that a bathroom break can be used “for no other purpose” than going to the bathroom. Regardless, your Dearest blatantly admitted that he didn’t care for the rules and took his bathroom break to wait out for the sun to move…

It worked!!!
A few minutes after Federer returned from the “bathroom”, Davydenko fell to pieces. The match score was 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5.


Wog Boy Says:

One question, what is the rule when the player gets injured during the game? Does he have to finish the game or surrender the game in order to get medical help or can stop the game and get medical help?

I always believed in the first, since few times I heard commentators saying so, “you can’t have a help until game is finished”, and I’ve seen players often struggling to finish the game before they can get MTO.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Kei!

Will echo WB and say,I was a bit amused to read some comments about the “rude” crowd in Rio during this week.


Okiegal Says:

They were rude…along with the NY crowd….not familiar with crowd at Basel and what they did rude and to whom???? But the Rio crew was OTT! I mean every time a ball was hit into the net they clapped. If you like that sort of thing roll with it, but not my cup of tea…….But I guess whether or not you could tolerate it would depend on who is on the receiving end of rudeness…..your guy or the other guy……


Okiegal Says:

@VP…….Thrilled I amused you!!


Van Persie Says:

Madrid crowd is also very nice ;)


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

I forgot about them, nicest crowd on tour;)

As for Rio crowd, it is Olympic games crowd, more like DC atmosphere and same way of cheering, the people are in festive mood, (particularly Brasilians), South American is playing for gold, sentimental favorite to so many people because of his tough luck with injuries and so many comebacks, so I don’t see the problem in sort of football fans cheering, at the end of the day they are at Olympic Games and accordingly we have Olympic atmosphere.


Giles Says:

First Japanese Olympic tennis medal since 1920.
Kei is no hero under the circumstances.
#Cheat


Giles Says:

Lol skeezer the cat lover always jumping on the Rafa bandwagon. Read TB’s post, educate yourself on fed’s shortcomings.😏


Margot Says:

One Argentinean supporter deliberately put Andy off and was escorted out.
It was pretty raucous but mostly god-humoured. I’ve seen a lot worse at the 02.


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Am well aware of the ONE time Fed went to the bathoom and owned up to it. It was impeccable timing that paid off. Rafa’s did not. Rafa, as you know, has a history of this sort of thing. He shouldn’t be complaining.
Ask TB does he knowf or a fact if Fed went #1, #2, or both or did he just do it to cheat. Curious cause he talks so much about Fed and seems to even know what he does when he has to go.


aki Says:

I am a tennis fan of Japanese.
Nadal and Nishikori had a great game.
Del Potro and Murray in the finals also was very nice.

This is a Japanese TV program.
https://twitter.com/hi_mama825/status/765058806124392448
(This twitter account is not mine.)
There was the following remark about the long toilet break.
“Since the clerk was guided Nishikori to the toilet of the Centre Court, it took the time to move”

Nishikori has commented that was a change of clothes and toilet during the toilet break, he did not shower.
It is not necessary to blame Nishikori.

I think that the explanation by the judge for Nadal and spectators were insufficient, to be a problem.
Nishikori was also exposed to unfair boos.


skeezer Says:

WB,
re: 2;24
Depends on whether its acute or non-acute.


Giles Says:

AM. Lol. He probably didn’t meet the dress code!


Okiegal Says:

Yes, I love the Madrid crowd….so pro Rafa! LOL VAMOS!


Van Persie Says:

Then Stfu and don’t complain about others


Giles Says:

http://blogs.elconfidencial.com/deportes/tenis/on-court/2016-08-15/juegos-olimpicos-nadal-nishikori-interrupcion-bronce_1247034/
Put this through google translate and you will see that what Kei did was totally wrong and out of order.
Hope he enjoys his Bronze medal. NOT!


BBB Says:

If the rule permits it, then I don’t think it’s cheating, even if I don’t like it.

Cornet and her MTOs at the French Open (I think it was the French) were beyond the pale.


Okiegal Says:

@Aki…..I am not just singling out Rafa, they all received unfair boos……ALL of the players have used gamesmanship before. I have also seen in matches if one player used gamesmanship, then the next time they play the other one will do it to them. It’s like “I got you back”….Commentators don’t miss a thing and seem to have good memories. I have heard them bring these instances up before. I have decided everyone’s lot in life is always trying to one up someone else. Yes, I am guilty. When someone talks trash about Rafa, I don’t turn the other cheek, I fire back. Heck, I guess I could say I’m as rude we as “Rio”……lol…..for the record, I have turned the other cheek many times. Some days I feel like a fight and some days it just ain’t worth it……..Anyone else feel that way??? I really can’t believe just one statement about “rude” caused such a big furor…..I really thought everyone would be in agreement about that, but being a Rafa fan, I should have known better…….HAPPPY MONDAY everyone, hope your week starts out with “your best foot forward! (I almost fell getting out of bed this morning….sleeping pill wasn’t done yet) lol!!


Reiko Says:

Re toiletbreak:According to Japanese TV, Rafa was taken to a bathroom in Court 1 but Kei had to go to the one in CC.
https://twitter.com/morunien/status/765126118374420480

Hope you, good guys of tennis-x.com, will write a new story based on this.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles regarding your link I don’t speaka da language! I need a translator!! HELP!!


BBB Says:

I agree with WB that it was more of a Davis Cup atmosphere. People are there to root for their country – they aren’t necessarily tennis fans.

One of the issues with the US Open is that the stadium is ginormous, and so you’ve got a lot of people going who aren’t true blue tennis fans and essentially don’t understand the etiquette.

At the golf yesterday, someone picked up one of the players’ golf balls, right after a drive! Who knew that you had to actually inform people that they can’t do that.


Okiegal Says:

I can’t believe the shower story got out….I am sure that didn’t happen. Heck, maybe he was constipated……like the constipated mathematician, he had to work it out with a pencil…..just saying….😱😱😱😱


Okiegal Says:

Giles….I just hit the link and didn’t read the rest….maybe I can figure out how to translate, but I doubt it…..being the old senile person I have become, but will try…….Will let you know if I succeeded or not….


Giles Says:

https://translate.google.com/m/translate?hl=en
Okie. Put the article thru google translate. It will do all the work for you. Hope this link helps.


Okiegal Says:

BBB…..I guess it does boil down to tennis etiquette, some are just ignorant to that fact…..I will leave it at that. I personally had never seen it that bad before…..mainly when hitting into the net on serve. I have never even seen a Davis Cup match. Since I now have the tennis channel I will be able to.


Margot Says:

OK: I’ve been at the O2 when Andy’s double faults were cheered. Some fan bases are better behaved than others.


BBB Says:

Okie – congrats on getting the tennis channel! It’s addictive, especially as they get more and more tournaments.


J-Kath Says:

Margot

I recall you saying that the O2 audience is very international – presumable they are fans of other players e.g. Federer, Nadal, Nole, etc. Doesn’t excuse their bad manners.


Margot Says:

@Kath
Yes, they were fans of another player, judging by the flags being waved.


Okiegal Says:

Van Persie….Have a good week!!


Pamela Says:

BBB – I agree – tennis channel can be very addictive.. I have AT&T and was on their case for years… finally they got it and I have loved it…


Okiegal Says:

I still can’t believe “rude” got another awesome TX discussion started……what can I say??? Okie’s done it again! I feel so important that someone is paying attention to me….tsk tsk…..cheers to all! 🍻🍻 😁😁


Van Persie Says:

Okie, Thank you. Wish you also a good week. Will apologize for arguing with you on behavior of fans topic. Did not know until now, you have not seen many matches in the past…or at least DC matches.


Okiegal Says:

@VP….that is fine and thanks! It is true that I have never watched one. I guess everyone has, so the Rio behavior was old hat. Well, we live and learn. I am excited about my tennis channel. It is bringing me lots of pleasure. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I discovered tons of matches were live streamed via computer. In fact I watched the Bronze match on my PC. I will try not to be so critical in the future! I am going to get my passport, but don’t be alarmed everybody, not getting on the big bird, but
going to Niagra Falls and we’re going to walk over into Canada. I hope the walk isn’t too long, I might have cardiac arrest…the old grey mare ain’t what she used to be!! Lol

Jane, a shout out to you….seems like I remember you being from Canada, do you by chance know how far it is?


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 12:14….Thanks a bunch! Maybe I can figure how to see it. Curiosity πŸ”« the 🐈


Van Persie Says:

Wish you a good time in Canada, Okie. Am sure, it will be fun.

Regarding tennis fans…most of them do not act anymore, like the white sport should deserve…we can see that on the most of tournaments. BBB explained why. Am also sure it gets very frustrating also for the tennis players.


Khb Says:

Nadal though he’d get a medal. That is too bad.
He just got pissed that Kei didn’t choke it all away!
He wasn’t badly injured or weakened, as the fanatics claimed.
How dare a lil Japanese dude tame the 14 slam winner?
This olympic bronze is way higher quality than anything that Fed won in 2004-2006.
Fedal fanboys are so desperate to call Djoker the faker.
Lmao


AndyMira Says:

@Giles 10:57am…Actually i was thinking anyone who turned away one of the big 4 certainly didn’t meet with the ‘mentality’ code!


dudas Says:

If Nishikiori had to walk all the way to center court toilet and back, while Nadal was able to use the match court toilet and then return and sit down and rest and eat bananas, that is a problem isn’t it.

Nadal BTW, during Wimbledon 2014 took toilet leave not during recess but interrupted the match.


kajar Says:

Not sure why this even becomes an article. Rafa also took a bathroom break at the same time. Rafa and Nishikori both left the court after the second set. It was just that Nishikori’s one was longer. But, they take bathroom breaks with the officials and come back with them with in the rules. Supposedly Nishikori went to a bathroom that was in the center court. Also, after a long and draining set, what is wrong with tennis players taking a break? We should allow them to do so so that they can compete at their best. I was disappointed that Rafa even complained about it- he is normally a generous gentleman who praise the opponent.


Okiegal Says:

I think Rafa is still a gentleman…sure he was testy and very tired. How long does it take to winky tink?? I can relieve my bladder in way under a minute. So being off the court for another 9 minutes is a long time. Had I been Kei and wanted to use stall tactics, I would have called out the trainer instead…..a tired player can always use a rub down….If he took the break for cheating purposes, the MTO would have been the better option….imo…..I wonder what he did do??? πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•


Wog Boy Says:

This person is obviously not Rafa fan, but she listed, correctly, some of Rafa’s MTOs, usually in crucial moments of the match, starting with 2011 Wimbledon Delpo match:

https://anygivensurface.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/unfair-advantage-nadal-and-the-mto/

As I said before, it is hard to take your complain seriously when you are serial offender yourself


Wog Boy Says:

Sean, I have big problem with your site, I can’t access your site without having some “free iPhone 6″ offer bloking your site that I can’t get rid off without cancelling your site, when I try to open your site again the fishing offer is back again blocking your site, I don’t know if anyone else is experiencing same problem, but obviously some crooks are after my bank details or somebody hacked my phone through your site since I don’t have that problem with any other forum that I access through my mobile phone. Just letting you know, no need to panic, but I will be going off your forum for the time being, I am already in red with my bank accounts, no need to go any further;)


skeezer Says:

WB,
Where have you been surfing? I have never had a “hacked” issue here. Ads? Yeah,but they have to pay the meter. Better re check the surfing habits.


Wog Boy Says:

skeezer,

What is strange is that I have up to ten sites open at the same time and it is popping up only on TX, for last couple of weeks or so. I might be checking few threads and post something and it pops up without me touching anything and only on TX and I just can’t remove it without cancelling TX and opening again, but it comes back after few readings. Strange thing is that it comes as “Google” offer but I am sure it is fake Google, though I google a lot but not strange sites or hunky punky ones, it’s not me.


skeezer Says:

WB,
Clear out your cache and run a virus scan(update first), reboot.
Better? The sick hook could have been installed only to a site you visit often. Seen it before.
Is anyone else experiencing WB’s issue?


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
And it comes under the link:

weeklywinners.club


AndyMira Says:

Wow!I can’t believe it!I think this is the first time i saw this happening here..WB and Skeezer communicate in a polite manner..and i can’t be happier!Thank you guys for displaying this wonderful sportsmanship..after all we’re still in Olympics spirit..LET’S HUG!!!


Wog Boy Says:

skeezer,

Thanks, I can do that only when I am back home, girls know how to do it, I don’t have a clue:(


Wog Boy Says:

skeezer,

It does make sense since TX is the site I visit the most.


skeezer Says:

WB,
Your welcome. Hope you figure it out, otherwise I’ll have no one to battle with ;)


Wog Boy Says:

skeezer,

:))


Margot Says:

AM: must be all down to darling Andy’s influence and that hug, got everyone doing it….;)


Wog Boy Says:

Yes Margot, but Nole was the first one that started hugging after he bombed out to Delpo;)


AndyMira Says:

M…you’re so smart and genius!And i love you for that..and WE ALL should thank darling Andy,darling Novak and darling Delpo for that!

#LongliveWBSkeezerandTBofcozzzz!!


Margot Says:

@ Wog Boy
True, but you and Skeeze have only just hugging after darling Andy’s hug….;)


Felipe Says:

For being a Sport Legent, Nadal has an anoying tendency for complaining when things got against him. Before the Del Potro match, he said that he did not understand why the organization tried to put him in a disadvantage position, considering that he entered the games in a disadvantage position (injury). The thing is, the olympics (Tennis) ussually takes between 8 and 9 days, and if you check to play doubles, singles and mixed, and additionally trow a missed playing day due to rain, and additionaaly you play the final in doubles and the semi final in singles, its evident that your schedulle will be packed, that you will have less time to recover and that you will have to play a lot of matches without much break. Its not Del Potros fault that Spain beat Argentina on the third round in doubles, allowing Juan Martin to focus only in singles. Nadal can take a look at what my fellow Chilean compatriots Massu and Gonzo did at the 2004 Olympics. They played their asses for 9 days, playing singles and doubles and winning gold in singles (Massu), Bronze (Gonzo) and Gold in doubles. They played 4 matches each in 3 days (two singles / two doubles) between friday and sunday, and the doubles final was a 5 set marathon that took almost 5 hours to complete. Less that 14 hours later, gonzo played against Dent, and right after that Massu played another 5 setter, 4 hour marathon and took the glory.
Now, Nadal complains tat Nishikori took a 12 minute break…both players took bathroom breaks right after the end of the second set, the difference being that Nadal was allowed to use the bathroom of court 1, and Nishikori moved all the way around to center court.
To be such a Champion, he complains a lot.


Willow Says:

You can put me down as a Nadal fan that thanks hes far from perfect, he does say and do things that get on even my nerves from time to time, and as Wogboy said earlier on in the thread, there are plenty of players on tour guilty of doing exactly the same thing as Kei, Delpo is also a nice guy, but i remember him going off court for about 10 minutes against RBA in the AO one year, and the handshaking at the end of the match between the two men was luke warm at best, Rafas no saint but the double standards that go on here reek of hypocrisy sometimes ….


Okiegal Says:

Amen Willow! Glad you are back…….


Willow Says:

Hi Okie ive had a fabulous holiday, and while i was away had a message from work saying id passed my diploma at work, and went mad jumping up and down cheering with excitement practically doing cartwheels around the camp site, people mustve thought id going completely bonkers lol, and came back to find Andy and our Mo Farrar had both won gold, and Rafa now has gold in both singles and doubles YIIIIIIPPPPPEEEEE, couldnt be happier ;-)) ….


Margot Says:

Willow: many, many congratulations. I’m very pleased for you.
PS Hope it means more dosh…;)


Okiegal Says:

@Willow…..Kudos! I know you are so relieved and happy. Hard work pays off.

Rafa was happy too with his dubs gold! Exciting tournament for Rafa. His wrist is looking up. He plays tomorrow so I am anxious to see what unfolds for him in Cincy! He won’t be fresh, but he will fight like always. He’s a WARRIOR!!


Humble Rafa Says:

came back to find Andy and our Mo Farrar had both won gold, and Rafa now has gold in both singles and doubles YIIIIIIPPPPPEEEEE, couldnt be happier ;-))

Was your vacation in a cave with no wifi?


Willow Says:

HR Close, try a camp site with no WIFI ! LOL ….


Willow Says:

Thanks Margot but unfortunatly its unlikely ….


AndyMira Says:

Willow,you have to excuse HR,he usually go fishing in the middle of the sea and not to the camp site!

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