• Nishikori, Raonic back to business in Shangahi

    10/8/12 2:41 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Nishikori, Raonic back to business in Shangahi There is no rest for the weary, with Tokyo finalists Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic returning to action this week at the Shanghai Masters. They are in Tomas Berdych's section of the draw along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    The third quarter of the Shanghai Rolex Masters draw looks a lot like last week.

    Consider the players that are packed into the deepest and most wide-open section: Tokyo champion Kei Nishikori, Tokyo runner-up Milos Raonic, Tokyo semifinalist Marcos Baghdatis, Tokyo quarterfinalist Tomas Berdych, Beijing runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Beijing quarterfinalist Sam Querrey.

    Nishikori captured the biggest title of his career on Sunday by defeating Raonic in three sets. The Japanese sensation preceded that victory with wins over Berdych and Baghdatis. Raonic saved match points against both Janko Tipsarevic and Andy Murray in the quarters and semis, respectively, before going down to Nishikori.

    Tsonga survived Denis Istomin in a third-set tiebreaker to begin in Beijing then cruised from there until being defeated by Djokovic in the final. Querrey ousted Fernando Verdasco and Andreas Seppi (also in this Shanghai quarter) only to flame out at the hands of Feliciano Lopez.

    In Shanghai, Berdych awaits either Seppi or Michael Berrer while Tsonga could face a tough opener in the form of Benoit Paire or Philipp Petzschner. Potential second-round showdowns include Nishikori vs. Querrey and Raonic vs. Baghdatis.

    If the seeds hold to form (a difficult proposition due to fatigue from last week), Tsonga will face Raonic in the third round and Berdych will get another shot at Nishikori.

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Will be interesting to see how these two potential top ten players will recover after both reaching the finals yesterday.


Conspirator , 10/8/12 4:40 PM

both should have relatively easy first-rounders, especially Nishi

that being said, overall i feel better about Raonic this week than Nishi

RickyDimon , 10/8/12 6:47 PM


That's an interesting comment. Raonic was defeated fairly easily after a great victory in a tough match against Murray. Nishi should be feeling confident about winning a tournament in his home country.

I would think both would be riding high.

Nativenewyorker , 10/8/12 9:58 PM

Have the same feeling as Ricky.............would be very surprised if Kei carries his Tokyo momentum to Shanghai, just doesn't have the experience. Raonic, on the other hand, is really a work in progress I feel. Am expecting him to go deep.............

rafaisthebest , 10/9/12 8:21 AM


I do believe that Raonic is really starting to up his game. That hard fought victory over Murray at Tokyo will give him even more confidence to build on. I agree that he is a work in progress, but has been taking some big strides recently. I think he could do something here if he isn't too tired from Tokyo.

Any way you look at it, Kei's win in Tokyo can only help him. It's very satisfying winning a tournament in your home country. I believe that he was the first Japanese player to accomplish this feat. I see him steadily progressing with his game. He did beat Berdy and Raonic, two big serving guys and that has to give him some real confidence. I am just going to wait and see if he can do anything in Shanghai.

Nativenewyorker , 10/9/12 9:42 AM

Dont forget Kei is carrying a knee injury.

ed251137 , 10/9/12 9:55 AM


Do you know the nature of the knee injury? Because it didn't seem to prevent him from playing well at Tokyo.

Nativenewyorker , 10/9/12 11:19 AM

No I dont know but he was having some trouble during his match with Berdy and the commies were saying they hoped it wouldn't affect him for the final. At one point he had the trainer on to restrap below the knee in the final - but, as you say, it didn't appear to impede his movement. He also had to have elbow surgery a couple of years ago and has over the years had to retire from quite a few matches which makes one wonder if he has the physical strength to get to the top of the tree.

ed251137 , 10/9/12 12:46 PM

sounds like djokovic a few years ago...

croc , 10/9/12 4:51 PM

Nishikori still looking good. Same for Simon. Knee issues may not be issues anymore.

RickyDimon , 10/9/12 5:19 PM


croc , 10/10/12 8:50 AM

i jinxed it

RickyDimon , 10/10/12 10:22 AM

Raonic bites the dust......................

rafaisthebest , 10/10/12 11:09 AM

jinxed Simon, too

RickyDimon , 10/10/12 3:59 PM

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