So Proud of Kei!

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  1. Maximagq

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    Extremely well-played by a man who deserves to be at the top echelon of Men's Tennis. Asian represent!
     
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  2. jdubbs

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    I was really pulling for him, and he made it. Got to see him years ago in San Jose and thought he was too short to really make an impact.
    Shocked by his emergence, but when you see him play with the aggression that he has on both wings, you think he can start winning slams.
     
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  3. Vrad

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    Kei is a fun player to watch. I have high hopes that he can break the stranglehold of the Big 3/4 as long as he remains injury free.

    The Great Young Gun Hope.
     
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  4. smoledman

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    Air Kei has no limits. He can win it all.
     
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  5. JRAJ1988

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    As I said on the match thread, I believe that Kei is showing the heart of a slam champion....to think prior to the US Open he didn't know if he was going to play at Flushing Meadows.
     
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  6. csmoove899

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    Nishikori is Davydenko with a heart. Hopefully Murray and Djokovic can have one of their regular 5 hour matches to make the semifinal more even.
     
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  7. bullfan

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    Kei really has put out some great stuff!
     
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  8. Nostradamus

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    Problem is he has 2-handed backhand so I can't pretend I am Him.:)
     
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  9. yescomeon

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    Bad results for the neutrals. I have no doubt he'll fold against djokovic/murray in the semis. Two consecutive 5-setter is tough on anyone, but for someone like him who has a history of pulling out during and before matches due to stamina/health problems, I really can't see him putting much of a fight in the semis. Not to mention as well that he doesn't have the weapons like wawrinka has that can trouble good defensive players like djokovic/murray.
     
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  10. firepanda

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    He's absolutely fantastic. Plays similarly to Djokovic, but lacks the court coverage. He makes up for it by being more aggressive and willing to seize control of the rally in a few shots. Showed some great heart to beat Wawrinka.
     
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  11. WhiskeyEE

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    I think he's just Davydenko with Japanese citizenship. Davy could've won slams in this era.
     
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    Kei earned this Semifinal berth. Just to imagining what he had to go up against in the past 2 matches and how he emerged the champion is incredible. I mean to overcome the massive serves of Milos at 2:26am and then have to face the big hitting Stan, meanwhile taking both of them to 5 sets and showing the heart he does.

    He's earned a ton of respect from me and certainly the whole tennis community itself.
     
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  13. Nathaniel_Near

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    Relax folks, ...
    Also, Davydenko had plenty of heart. He was clinical in finals, no matter the opposition. He reached 4 Slam semis, won 21 titles and only lost 7 finals, and he won a YEC and had a peak ranking of #3.

    Nishikori could have a better career but he's a long way off for the moment.
     
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  14. tipsa...don'tlikehim!

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    always said this player has the heart of a champion, mentally he is so superior to raonic and dimitrov.
    not many would have won these 2 matches back to back in these conditions
    well done
     
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  15. RFGOAT1992

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    Anyone think kei needs to improve his serve return? his return stance is so unbalance with his left foot wayyy infront, i feel that it leaves him open to wide and T serve to that side
     
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  16. OrangePower

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    Props to Kei.

    But don't know about the Davy comparison, other than that they are both 'undersized'.

    Kei is a better mover, Davy better timing (taking the ball earlier and closer to baseline).
     
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  17. merwy

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    You make it sound like that's something he's doing accidentally and should fix. I THINK it's done on purpose and that it's something that he and his team put thought into. But hey, I could be wrong though. Maybe you should give him a call and tell him that he should stand parallel to the service line, he might do it in the semis.

    Also, there's nothing wrong with his return, I think he's one of the better returners in the top 10. Is breaking Raonic repeatedly not good enough?
     
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  18. KtM

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    Indeed. Additionally both have similar levels of physical attractiveness towards Caucasian women.
     
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  19. RFGOAT1992

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    its really not hard to break raonic as long as you put the ball back in play:) federer proved this many time

    im not saying he should do anything its just when i watch him i feel like he's really cramped on the BH return the whole match with stan he kept getting ace down the T on the duece side lol
     
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    Quoted because it bares repeating.
     
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  21. Team10

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    Kei is the man, a real tennis ninja. This was an amazing match and so great to watch live, was hoping all the time that it would go five sets and it did. I really hope Kei can somehow beat Djokovic/Murray.
     
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    Btw, I rated this thread five stars :)
     
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  23. Zildite

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    Yeah real easy right, Raonic only wins 91% of his service games.
    Nishikori is a top 8 returner so it must work for him.
     
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  24. RFGOAT1992

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    its all good though he won thats all that matters congrats to kei but murray and nole needs to go 5th set if kei is to have a chance
     
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  25. Mr.Snrub

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    Nishikori's returns on the ad court to Raonic's feet were beautiful.
     
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    Thrilled for him & that sweet forehand. Drops were great & that save of saves was a thing of beauty. Just get a well-deserved rest, say "No" to ill-timed tweeners, play that tennis-chess & hoist your trophy. You can see the belief in Chang's eyes that it will happen.
     
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    God bless Michael Chang for his unwavering faith and efforts working with Kei!

    #PTL #GodIsGreat #ChangFaith

    AngieB
     
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    Two five-setters won with only a day between??? Is WADA sleeping? :confused:
     
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    So happy for him. If he hadn't had so many injuries this year, he'd have been solidly Top 10 well before the USO, and he'd probably have a Madrid title, too. He more than deserves this. Has a real shot at making the WTF as well.
     
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  31. chrischris

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    100% true.
    He is a great palyer and seems a reasonably mature and levelheaded smart man.
     
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  32. Chico

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    Nice win for Kei. Amazing play. As said I am more concerned about Novak playing him in the SF than inconsistent roller-coaster Wawrinka.

    It looks like new generation is finally and slowly coming of age (Dimitrov, Raonic in W SF, Nishikori here, ...), but they still have ways to go to challenge big 4 for the very top.
     
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    With the 4th most wins against the top 10 this year behind the Big 3, it is great to see Kei do so well here. If only he wasn't so injury prone but I guess that is what is career will be like. He may never be ranked 1 in the world, but winning a slam or masters shouldn't be out of his reach as long as he can peak at just the right moment.
     
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  34. Nathaniel_Near

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    Relax folks, ...
    Get real... Kei played three easy 3 setters leading into the two 5 setters. If he didn't have the energy to play two hard matches back to back (albeit he was visibly struggling in the 4th and 5th sets and in worse condition than Stan) then his fitness levels would have been laughable. Now he has 2 full days of recovery for the semi-finals. He also skipped the two HC masters.
     
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