Kei Nishikori Has Withdrawn From Rome, Will Return To Florida To Ready For French Open
by Staff | May 11th, 2014, 6:44 pm

According to his agent, Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from the upcoming Rome Masters where he was to play Ernests Gulbis in the first round. The 24-year-old had to retire today in Madrid final to Rafael Nadal.

Nishikori was leading Nadal by a set and a break when at 4-3 in the second the Japanese received treatment for an ailing back. Nadal took the second set then three games into the third set Nishikori retired to lose 2-6, 6-3, 3-0 ret.

“There is a lot of confidence I get from this tournament by beating [Ferrer] in three sets and playing well in the final today,” said Nishikori.

“It’s going to be very exciting at [Roland Garros] because I’ve never feel like this on clay. I’m very confident of whatever I hit going for winners. I can hit from either side – forehand or backhand – so it’s a very good feeling that I have on clay right now.”

Nishikori had won 14 straight matches and was 9-0 on clay this year.

“I’m very sorry for Nishikori,” Nadal said. “He’s an unbelievable player that will fight to be in London. I am sure of that. I really hope that the injury is not too bad and he will be able to compete in Roland Garros.”

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7 Comments for Kei Nishikori Has Withdrawn From Rome, Will Return To Florida To Ready For French Open

Bad Knee Rules Says:

This win is anything but a confidence boost for Nadal and his fans. The way he’s playing, he’s turning from a Spanish Bull into a Spanish Ox. Complete lack of testosterone.

Thomas Says:

Lel, so true.

skeezer Says:

Too bad for Kei. He was CLEARLY DOMINATING the “king of clay” 6-2, 4-2, when injury happened. After that, Rafa was acting all puffy with fist pumps and all of the sudden runnin to his side after changeovers, pathetic display……. like his play changed the match? Not. Lol.
Well, he didn’t. If you believe in Luck, this was it. Kudos to Kei for NOT retiring early. He gave it his best effort. Although it wasn’t fun watching (in replay)as all could tell he was laboring significantly in movement, he played as far as he could to give his opponet all the glory. A fine example, HEY RAFA? Take notes how to lose!

Jo Says:

2-6, 2-4 in clay. That’s scary for Nadal.

Lesego Says:

I wonder if the 2 handed backhand players were watching this match, if they did, then it spells trouble for Nadal. Novak has showed them the blueprint of DOMINATING Rafa and it was breath-taking watching Kei execute it for a set and a half.

Hippy Chic Says:

Agree with all the above posts,this is coming from a Rafa fan,i think the days of dominating clay are getting less and less,ill still cheer and support him,but im ready for change if and when it happens?

Okiegal Says:

Rafa has been kicked before at the beginning of a match, only to finally get it together and win it. We will never know if it would have happened in this match or not. It was unfortunate for Kei to have the injury……Rafa has been there and done that. Of course, Rafa’s injuries are always “questionable”…..according to the non-Rafa fans……..pftt!

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