• Nadal kicks off Tokyo campaign on Tuesday

    10/3/11 4:41 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Nadal kicks off Tokyo campaign on Tuesday Rafael Nadal will be featured on Day 2 in Tokyo as he goes up against Japanese wild card Go Soeda. Viktor Troicki and Bernard Tomic are also on tap.

    (1) Rafael Nadal vs. (WC) Go Soeda

    Nadal will be in tournament action for the first time since the U.S. Open when he takes the court for round one at the Japan Open on Monday. The second-ranked Spaniard suffered another tough loss to Novak Djokovic in an entertaining New York final, but he bounced back for a pair of dominant Davis Cup singles wins against France. Nadal owns a 61-11 record for the season and he triumphed in his only Tokyo appearance last year.

    Up first for the top seed is Soeda, a Japanese wild card ranked 118th in the world. Soeda's ranking leaves him on the brink of Grand Slam main draws and often puts him on the Challenger circuit, but he has seven ATP match victories this season. He is coming off an impressive quarterfinal showing as a qualifier in Bangkok, where he fell to eventual runner-up Donald Young. Soeda should have plenty of crowd support, but Nadal in two easy sets is the obvious pick.

    Bernard Tomic vs. (5) Viktor Troicki

    Tomic and Troicki will be squaring off for the second time in their careers and second time this season when they clash in Tokyo. They faced each other in the Indian Wells second round, with Troicki prevailing 6-4, 6-4. The 16th-ranked Serb is a considerable favorite once again, at least on paper, but he has been slumping. Troicki at least managed to reach the Kuala Lumpur quarters last week only to get blown out by Marcos Baghdatis.

    Tomic's season seems to be progressing in relatively similar fashion--hot early, but cooling off of late. The 18-year-old Aussie made a surprising run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals; he racked up 11 of his 16 career match victories this year. Tomic, though, has won only one of his last four matches, a stretch that includes a 6-2, 6-2 Kuala Lumpur first-round loss to Flavio Cipolla. Don't be surprised if Tomic turns it around for a three-set upset on Tuesday.

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bump to the comments section because this did not show up on the main rotation for some reason

RickyDimon , 10/3/11 8:25 PM

Unfortunately, I can't find any live streaming before Thursday, if anyone knows of any please post it here.

Vamos Rafa!

nadline , 10/3/11 9:43 PM

Rafa should be playing around 12 pm BST tomorrow.

nadline , 10/3/11 10:44 PM

I am trying to find out if the tennis channel will cover this match. The time difference is confusing me, too. It is possible that the tennis channel won't cover the early rounds either.

I am really anxious to see him play again.

Nativenewyorker , 10/3/11 11:08 PM

Looking forward to see Rafa play, how I have missed him, just watchin ghim sweat during his practice sessions on youTube is enough to get me going. He takes my breath away..

afrodite7 , 10/4/11 1:06 AM

I checked the listings and see that the tennis channel will start coverage during the quarterfinals. So I will have to wait to see Rafa.


Nice to see you here. Long time no see!

Nativenewyorker , 10/4/11 2:49 AM

Rafa should be on court soon.

nadline , 10/4/11 10:07 AM

no live stream whatsoever as far as I can see...and I am really upset about it...I was looking forward to seeing him play today...Vamos Rafa!!!

natashao , 10/4/11 10:46 AM

The WTA tournament is live on Brit Eurosport and they were live from Thailand last week. Why can't the ATP or is it the organisers negotiate something for the men, I'm sure it's to do with cost. Maybe the WTA are cheaper.

nadline , 10/4/11 10:54 AM

Here in the states on the tennis channel, we didn't see the men in Bangkok until the semifinals. Now we won't get to see Japan until the quarterfinals.

I guess we won't get full coverage until Shanghai.

Nativenewyorker , 10/4/11 11:02 AM

If Nadline cant find a livestream there isn't one. lol

What a bummer.

ed251137 , 10/4/11 11:55 AM

^^^I'm chuffed. Lol

I hate watching livescores.

nadline , 10/4/11 12:07 PM

The match is over - Rafa won 63 62.

nadline , 10/4/11 12:17 PM

Giraldo beat Hasse - 63 76.

nadline , 10/4/11 1:41 PM

Raonic next

RickyDimon , 10/4/11 3:05 PM

Rafa is not playing his next match until Wed and there will be live streaming then on the ATP website.


nadline , 10/4/11 3:39 PM

Sorry, I meant until Thursday before Rafa play Raonic.

nadline , 10/4/11 3:58 PM

correct, Nadal-Raonic Thursday

RickyDimon , 10/4/11 4:07 PM

I'm very much impressed that Rafa got off to a good start. Raonic will be a tough test, without a doubt, but given the fact Raonic has barely had any match play the last few months, he won't be nearly as dangerous as he was as the start of the season, pre-injury. With that said, I expect a somewhat close match on Thursday, but I see Rafa prevailing. Despite his potential upcoming opponents, I think he can have a great week in Tokyo. As usual though, he's gotta take things one match at a time. I think he'll be fine.

djb247365 , 10/4/11 7:30 PM

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