I drove up to Carson last week to watch my buddy play in the qualies and I had a chance to watch a couple of up-and-coming players. Peter Polanksy, Victor Estrella and Donald Young are really good, but I was especially impressed by Kei Nishikori’s game. Nishi came out of the Bollettieri’s, but he is hardly a baseline basher. The guy has so much variety in his game. On the attack, he really mixes up his shot well (i.e. depths, pace and angles) and I loved the way he used the courts to his advantage. Whereas a typical Bollettieri kid would camp on the baseline and hit the forehand's all day, Nishi takes an opportunistic approach and comes in whenever he can. He does not have a huge serve like Alberto Francis or Polansky, but he held most of his serves (at least from what I saw). I had a brief chat with his coach and apparently the Bollettieri team thought Nishi has enough game to turn pro. I would not be surprised if he breaks into the top 100 by the end of this year (he is turning 18 at the end of this year).