Japanese Hero Kei Nishikori Stars In Tokyo Title Defense; Stan Wawrinka The Top Seed

by Staff | October 4th, 2015, 7:12 pm

Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori returns to Tokyo to defend his title. But the draw did him no favors. The 25-year-old opens against talented teen Borna Coric in his very match.

“We’ve never played before,” said Nishikori who has won Tokyo two of the last three years. “We just had one practice together last week. It’s going to be a new match, but everything is going well. He’s one of the young guys playing good tennis, so it’s going to be a dangerous match.”

The second seeded Nishikori would meet Sam Querrey or Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round, then potentially Maric Cilic in the quarters in the rematch of their 2014 US Open final.

In the semis, he’s seeded to meet either Richard Gasquet or Grigor Dimitrov.

“It’s really fun to play on the stadium here. Even on Sunday a lot of people show up for practice. It’s great for Japanese tennis. I’m very happy to be playing here. I feel comfortable and look forward to their support tomorrow.”

Reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka is the top seed but is in a relatively easy section. He’ll meet veteran Radek Stepanek and could run into either Kevin Anderson or Gilles Simon the semifinals.

Nishikori is the only former champion in the draw. With Beijing paying so much, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych are all in China this week.

Like Beijing, however, Tokyo also offers 500 points to the winner. Tokyo is the longest running event in Asia, since 1972.

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[WC] Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs [WC] T. Ito (JPN)
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs S. Querrey (USA)
B. Coric (CRO) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
J. Vesely (CZE) vs [WC] Y. Uchiyama (JPN)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[WC] T. Matsui (JPN) / J. Nieminen (FIN) vs A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA)

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2 Comments for Japanese Hero Kei Nishikori Stars In Tokyo Title Defense; Stan Wawrinka The Top Seed

jalep Says:

Watching Nishioka v Ito live on Tennis Channel now. IF only young Nishioka was taller — but he appears shorter than Olivier Rochus.

Always love the Tokyo tournament. Kei’s draw does look tougher than Stan’s. But looking forward to and staying up for Kei v Borna. Borna Coric really the best of the young guns lately and it was last fall that he had the big win over Rafa in Basel. Maybe this will be another good time of year for Borna…or not…

jalep Says:

Borna really got out to a good start and as it happens so many times with Kei, I think he’s a goner, but he calmly came back to win 26 61 62.

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