Match report

Kei Nishikori ©
4th round
3/27/12 1 2 Tot
jp  Kei Nishikori 4 4 0
es  Rafael Nadal 6 6 2
Rafael Nadal ©
  • Nadal fights off a second set surge by Nishikori to advance

    3/27/12 7:58 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Despite the straight-set scoreline, Rafael Nadal had to fight to get past Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the opening match on Tuesday.

    The conditions on Tuesday weren’t particular conducive to great tennis. Between the heat and the wind, neither man was quick to find rhythm in the opening set.

    Japan’s Kei Nishikori actually earned himself 7 break point chances, one of which he converted to take the break lead in the opening set. His lead was short-lived, however. Nadal took advantage of a shaky service game as the Japanese man looked to consolidate the break to earn it back again. The Spaniard wrapped up the set with a second break of the Nishikori serve at 5-4.

    Nadal jumped out to an early lead in the second set. The Spaniard went up 3-0 before Nishikori managed to get on the board. Nadal held onto the single break of serve until he served for the match. A lucky net cord allowed Nishikori to get the match back on serve, but just like in the first set, Nadal was quick to remedy the situation. He broke for a second time at 5-4 to seal the straight-set victory.

    The Spaniard awaits the winner of Florian Mayer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters.

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Who said these "low bounces" courts in Miami will not favor rafa ? The increasingly slower Miami courts really favors his game and he will cruise to the title. I don't see anyone beating him right now, not even Djokovic, who is not playing the way he did last year.

Emiliano55 , 3/27/12 8:41 PM

The way things are going Tsonga/Mayer won't get on until 7pm EST

conquistador , 3/27/12 8:46 PM

@ Emiliano55

Please let not get ahead of ourselves.....there's still a lot of tennis to play yet. But it would be nice if Rafa could win this one!!!


Monalysa , 3/27/12 8:51 PM

No way nadal is winning Miami, he was poor today, and now has tendinitis issues with his left knee. Djokovic is playing good but not great tennis. Nadal is playing ok but not good tennis overall this week.

willmw101 , 3/27/12 9:06 PM

@ willmw101

I guess it was the same way you felt "No way Roddick is beating Federer?!!!......huh?!!!

Monalysa , 3/27/12 9:27 PM

Nole played well against Baggy but so so against Troicki and now Gasquet. Rafa played well against the first two opponents but not against Nishikori. Both Nole and Rafa don't look convincing to me. Neither do Tsonga, Ferrer, Fish, Delpo. Didn't get to see Murray so can't comment on him. None of them has the champion look here, so the winner is anyone's guess.

luckystar , 3/27/12 10:11 PM

SKY was showing the time taken between points in Rafa's match then after a while, when they realized that there was not much between them, 31 for Rafa and 29 for Kei, they said Oh, there is no point in showing the times, it doesn't really matter.

nadline , 3/27/12 10:50 PM

Rafa's got the night shift tomorrow so I won't be able to watch it because it's not before 9pm local time. In a way, I'm glad, because I get too anxious when Im watching him play.

nadline , 3/27/12 11:03 PM

On the station I was watching they clocked Nadal at 45 seconds at one point.Nishikori was giving Nadal the"Soderling look".

stratocast51 , 3/28/12 1:50 AM

Excuse me, but on the tennis channel they were clocking both of them and the average was 29 seconds for Nishikori and 31 seconds for Rafa.

Let's be accurate here. Both guys were over the time limit in this match. It's the umpire's discretion and Llayani let them both take their time. At one point late in the match, Nishikori looked like he was going to collapse after a long rally and the physical toll of playing Rafa was evident. He took as long as possible to serve.

So don't make it all about Rafa as though it was one-sided.

Nativenewyorker , 3/28/12 3:20 AM

Sure Ferrer will win this one

ATP World Tour, Grand Slam, and Davis Cup Main Draw ResultsYear Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2011 ESP vs.ARG DC Final
Spain Clay RR Ferrer, David
6-2, 6-7(2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami
FL, U.S.A. Hard R16 Del Potro, Juan Martin
6-3, 6-2 Stats
2008 Tokyo
Japan Hard Q Del Potro, Juan Martin
6-1, 7-5 Stats
2008 s-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands Grass S Ferrer, David
7-6(4), 6-1 Stats
2008 Australian Open
Australia Hard R64 Ferrer, David
6-3, 6-4 RET Stats

MAGICJOHNSON76 , 3/28/12 3:44 AM

Folks..any update on the Rafa knee issue? Someone commented above the knee issue has again flared up generally have the updates, any news?

sanju , 3/28/12 5:33 AM


I went on vamosbrigade and here are Rafa's comments about the knee.

"Physically, I have some pain in the knee, that appeared before leaving Mallorca to play IW. During IW, it hurt me a little more and here in Miami, I've started with problems"

"When you're not perfect, victories are more important and I'll advance until wherever I can" "After Miami, I have two weeks to rest and recover until Montecarlo starts"

"I started (today's match) with doubts and having my knee like this does not let me work on the things I want. It's being more difficult for me. I'm in QF withouth losing a set and now every match, whatever happens, will be worthy. I'll do what can"

This was from a link posted by a forum member named Hope from the tenis site.

This is concerning because the problem started even before Rafa came to I/W. It doesn't sound that good. Now he has to play Tsonga. I guess he will do his best to get as far as he can.

Nativenewyorker , 3/28/12 5:56 AM

NNY..This is really not good news to hear..Had no clue he was carrying a knee issue..Do not understand why was he overplaying doubles etc if he had knee issues?

I wonder how this bodes for the upcoming clay season and grass season and Olympics. His statements sound a little worrying.

Also he was not taped before the match, he taped himself first in yesterdays match ..not sure what is happening

sanju , 3/28/12 7:10 AM


We didn't know anything about this. For those who think Rafa makes excuses, this just shows how he tries to keep any problems quiet. I thought he has been moving well in his matches, so this came as a total surprise. The good news is that he was still able to play well after they taped the knee. But he has been in pain and that is not good news.

Rafa wouldn't have played doubles if it was going to hurt his knee. He needed match practice having been off for five weeks. Doubles is much less stressful on the body. I don't think that made it any worse. What bothers me is that this happened while he took time off.

I thought it best to quote his words. He knows his body. Rafa has his doctor and team with him to try to get him through this tournament.

I don't know what to think now. Tsonga was going to be tough anyway. But with this knee issue, that only makes it more difficult. I am sure that Rafa will do his best.

I have heard some things on vamosbrigade about Rafa possibly getting another knee treatment, like the ones he has had in the past that have worked so well. However, I don't have any confirmation about that.

Nativenewyorker , 3/28/12 9:04 AM

Excuse me, but on the tennis channel they were clocking both of them and the average was 29 seconds for Nishikori and 31 seconds for Rafa.
Nativenewyorker , 3/28/12 3:20 AM

Exactly, NNY. On SKY, they clocked them at 31 & 29 for Rafa and Kei respectively and when they realized that they were virtually they were both over the limit, they decided it was worto doing.

Just goes to show that only the umpire knows when to start counting if there is so much discrepancy between TV outlets.

nadline , 3/28/12 11:05 AM

Please excuse errors, I have a toddler here helping m to type.

nadline , 3/28/12 11:09 AM

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