Sunday, February 17, 2008

Japanese 18 year-old Stuns Blake to Win Delray Beach

Well well well, an unheralded Japanese player, qualifier Kei Nishikori beat James Blake to win his first title. Interested in knowing how he did it? So am I. Too bad that this AP article doesn't fill us in on the how and why behind the final score. Although it hints that James wasn't "there emotionally" (huh?), there is no match analysis in this article. Just the final score, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and a few quotes.

This is the type of useless tennis writing that it's hard to believe someone gets paid for. Even match statistics would tell us more than this.

Kei is 18 years, 1 month and 19 days old, the youngest to win an ATP Title since Lleyton Hewitt. According to the ATP Website he turned pro in April of 2007 and has shot up to 244 in less than a year. This is quite impressive. Look at the players Kei beat: Floridan Mayer, Amer Delic, Bobby Reynolds, Sam Querrey and James Blake. All pretty tough customers. Kei trains at Bolleteris in Bradenton. One to watch.

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