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Kei Nishikori of Japan signs autographs for fans defeating Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne on Tuesday.

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An ugly 5-setter is not quite what Nishikori fans wanted to see vs. the 54th-ranked player in the first round. I like Kei, but don't think he's got what it takes to ever win a Slam.

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Don't be too sure about that. This young lad has a lot of Chang in him. May even go one better and get 2.

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Kei is 23? His body hasn't yet matured - give him another 2 or 3 years of hard physical conditioning and he can definitely challenge and probably win a major. Kei is arguably the best ball striker on tour and combined with his freakish speed and overall athletic ability, his time will come - as long as he stays relatively injury free. I believe the addition of Michael Chang to Kei's coaching team may well be the missing link in his game. Already Kei is showing very good progress this season in all aspects, but especially the mental side of the game with more aggression on key points. Go Kei!

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I don't see it. His groundstrokes aren't up to par. Too much spinny stuff to try to stay in points longer and mask the fact that he can't go toe-to-toe with the better hitters in the game. He lacks a consistent weapon. He's a less-powerful but more-consistent Monfils. Hope he proves me wrong, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it.

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Congrats to Nishikori!

On a darker note, Australian tennis has really gone down the toilet. Our only "hopeful" was Tomic, a naive 21 year-old that cannot escape a bad headline. He also pulled out after the first set with a groin injury. C'mon!

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