Break Points: Kei Nishikori Joins the Top 10

Notable Results:

  • Madrid QF: [8] Maria Sharapova d. [2] Li Na 2-6, 7-6, 6-3
  • Madrid QF: [4] Simona Halep d. [11] Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-2
  • Madrid QF: [3] Agnieszka Radwanska d. Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
  • Madrid QF: [1] Rafael Nadal d. [6] Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2
  • Madrid QF: [10] Kei Nishikori d. Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4
  • Madrid QF: [5] David Ferrer d. Ernests Gulbis 7-6, 6-3

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Nishikori’s growing up, and he’s into the Top 10. Now let’s just hope he stays healthy.

Serena Williams pulled out of Madrid before her QF with Petra Kvitova with a thigh injury. She is still expected to play Rome and Roland Garros.

Robby Ginepri and Taylor Townsend won the USTA French Open wildcards. (Doesn’t that tell you everything you need to know about the future of the U.S. men vs. the women?) Here’s their conference call with the USTA and journalists about their victories.

Q. Taylor, making your Grand Slam debut, do you have any goals set for yourself there?
TAYLOR TOWNSEND: I mean, as far as rounds are concerned, not really. I just think for me I want to embrace the moment, embrace every opportunity that comes my way, and just enjoy the moment. This is my first Grand Slam main draw. It’s a lot to take in. It’s an honor and a privilege just to be there.
I don’t want to just be happy to be there; I want to compete and do the best that I can. I think if I do the right things and everything, it will take care of itself.

Q. Can you give us a run‑through of what you’ve been dealing with through the last couple years.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, a couple years ago after I had a good fourth‑round appearance at the French, later that year I broke my left elbow mountain biking, had a couple elbow surgeries and was out for a year, year and a half. Struggling to find my rhythm, find my game, stay healthy.
Obviously, all professional athletes go through injuries. How you deal with them, manage them, that’s all I’ve been trying to do.
Still enjoying the game out there. It’s a big opportunity for me to get this wild card. Definitely feel like I can do some damage over there. I’ve shown I can do it before. Eager to get out there on the red clay.

Speaking of wildcards, Steve Johnson talked with Colette Lewis and had some great thoughts on the subject.

Federer will definitely be at the French Open.

Just a tragic incident at the home that James Blake was renting out.

An enterprising reporter found a way to combine Agassi, Federer, Nadal and GOAT into a headline.

The evolution of Claypova.

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