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Kei Nishikori makes last 16 at US Open

Japan's up and coming 18 year old tennis player, Kei Nishikori (based in Florida) has just beaten world number 4, David Ferrer in 5 sets.

Apparently Ferrer smashed his racket into the court after the loss.

At 2ch, Japanese fans showed their pleasure raking up 1000 comments on a news thread in just 20 minutes.

Here's the story from Yahoo!:
Nishikori upsets Ferrer to reach Open’s 4th round

NEW YORK (AP)—Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man to reach the U.S. Open’s fourth round in the 40-year Open era, upsetting fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain in five sets Saturday night.

Nishikori, ranked 126th, could have ended things earlier, but he wasted a two-set lead, then needed three match points to wrap up the 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5 victory.

He broke Ferrer in the final game, hitting a forehand winner down the line on the last point, then dropped his racket and flopped on his back.

“I still can’t believe it. I was playing great and he was playing great, too,” Nishikori said during an on-court TV interview. “Biggest win for me.”

That’s for sure: Nishikori only had one other career victory over a top-20 player. And in Ferrer, he was facing the man who eliminated Rafael Nadal at last year’s U.S. Open en route to the semifinals.

Only one other man from Japan reached the fourth round at any Grand Slam tournament in the Open era: Shuzo Matsuoka was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 1995.

“I’m very proud of that,” Nishikori said.

The 18-year-old Nishikori also is the youngest man to get this far at the U.S. Open since Marat Safin in 1998.

Nishikori is playing in only his second career major tournament and knocked off No. 29 Juan Monaco in the first round.

Nishikori is up against 17th seed Juan Martin Del Potro or Argentina in the fourth round. He's in good form, playing with nothing to lose, so don't be surprised if you see him in the quarterfinals.

Looking forward to see what happens to his world ranking of 126 after his efforts this week. Shuzo Matsuoka is hoping to see him break into the top 45 this year, which would see Nishikori become the highest ranking Japanese men's player ever (breaking Shuzo's record).

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That kid must have been breast-fed then weaned on whale meat.
Heh, you're looking for my ulterior motive in posting this aren't you :)

Nishikori didn't bring the goods to his last-16 match, but the 150 points he scores for making it that far should boost his ranking to a personal high for him.
Oh, and there is no ulterior motive, I'm just a tennis fan and like the way this kid plays :)
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