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Nishikori pulls out of ATP Cincinnati Masters

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Back on topic please.

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If Michael Chan counts as 'Asian' then surely Andre Agassi must also count, being the son of an Iranian Olympic boxer.

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“Kei is one of the few players that I’d pay money to see play. He’s one of the greatest shotmakers in the game," Andre Agassi..what would he know..

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Only exception, Michael Chan but hey, he's American, actually Taiwanese/American to be exact, and if he was Japanese/American id say Japan would claim him as there own.

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Nishikori's hype can't be separated from the fact that he's the first male Asian player who's doing fantastically well compared with other Asian man present and past in a sport that has traditionally been dominated by non-Asians. (Only exception, Michael Chan but hey, he's American.) Naturally Japanese people are mesmerized by his performance and media here are waxing poetic about his tennis. If you don't Appreciate this Japanese / Asian factor, you'll feel he's hyped up. That said, I think he's a really exciting player to watch on his own right in the a similar way as Jimmy Connors and Andrei Agassi were. All of them are quite small as tennis players go but mange to find their way to win with artistic shotmaking without big serves.

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while Kei is a good player hes hyped up much better than his actual talent

Well gee, he is ranked 4th in the world, behind Federer The Greatest, Djokovic (who will be remembered as a great) and Andy Murray who is not far out of their leagues but perhaps unlucky to be playing in the same era as those two and Nadal.

How much better does Nishikori have to perform before you pathetic bashers lay off?

I remember when Nishikori hit the scene years ago and Shuzo Matsuoka predicted great things for him. Beating Shuzo's best ranking of 46 turned out to be a formality.

I also remember Nadal slating him as a future top-ten player. He has pulled it off.

If anything, Nishikori has exceeded the expectations that were placed upon him.

Kei at 25 should have won at least a couple by now!?

Yeah, all he has to do is beat Djokovic or Federer or Nadal in order to do so. If he hasn't done it by the time he's 25, he never will... (?? you really think??)

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Mytimes, I believe that while Kei is a good player hes hyped up much better than his actual talent, your comments are a little brutal, @ zones and he is now 25. For reference, Djokovic and Murray, #1 and #2 ranked respectively, are both 28. And Federer, #3, is the old man at 34. and those three have won about 30 majors between them. Kei at 25 should have won at least a couple by now!?

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@Triring,

Excellent post, thanks for the link. Have heard the complaints in recent years.

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Here is an article that presents the problem in today's tennis matches.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/sports/tennis/pro-tennis-season-can-nearly-a-year.html?_r=0

It's not just Nishikori but all players are complaining.

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If anyone is getting too old for consistently good tennis, it is Federer, not Nishikori. Because of his recent hip injury, Nishikori's chances of winning the US Open are diminished, but he could still pull through and surprise everyone.

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buakumindes:

Djokovic are getting on a bit.

For someone who has already won the Australian and Wimbledon this year and who has reached the final of Roland Garros, he's done a bit more than most players, don't you think? Next you'll be saying Serena Williams is too old to play tennis (you do know her results during the past 4 Grand Slams?)

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@MyTime,

He will consistantly choke from here on. Tiger lasted much longer.

In terms of him consistently choking from here on, you may be right, you may not be right. However, there is no basis for that statement. In fact, he just won a tournament in Washington D.C. earlier this month. He hasn't shown a history of choking, just continuing to develop as a player.

As for the Tiger reference, I am not even sure what to do with that. Different sport. And, OK, Tiger was a pretty special golfer from an early age and had accomplished more by the time he was 25. So, perhaps Nishkori won't be in the top tier of the rankings for as long as Tiger was. But, still, I don't understand why you would use Tiger as a comparison. If you want to make comparisons like that, use Federer. Who won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon when he was something like 22 years old or something.

Anyway, I think he is a good thing for Japanese tennis and I hope he continues to succeed.

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He will consistantly choke from here on. Tiger lasted much longer.

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@MyTime,

Nishihkori is now ranked #4 on the ATP Tour, which is his highest ranking ever, and he is now 25. For reference, Djokovic and Murray, #1 and #2 ranked respectively, are both 28. And Federer, #3, is the old man at 34.

I think you and I may have a different definition about Nishikori being good enough for the big league and being too old.

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Sorry kids, but he is not good enough for the big league.

Right. He's only ranked Number 4 in the world. What a wimp! (sarcasm, in case you wondered)

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Slightly harsh there, MyTime. It is best Kei gets his injury sorted out before the big games, namely the US Open where he must be one of the favourites. I think this may just be the kid's year - he is getting better all the time and the likes of Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka and Djokovic are getting on a bit. If Kei does not snare this Major, 2016 will surely be his time.

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Going to miss you in Cincy, Kei-san. Odaijini ! Get well, and come to Flushing Meadows ready to roll !

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Sorry kids, but he is not good enough for the big league. Maybe one day but way to old now anyway. Sayonara.

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Rest up and get well.

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