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Nov 4, 2014

Reuters Q&A-Tennis-Nishikori goes from Project 45 to Elite 8

PARIS, Nov 4 (Reuters) – After becoming the first Asian man to reach a grand slam singles final and coming agonisingly close winning the title, Kei Nishikori will achieve another milestone when he becomes the first player from the continent to compete at the ATP World Tour Finals.

While many other first-time grand slam finalists might think falling at the final hurdle at the U.S. Open was something to shout about, Nishikori is determined not to get carried away by the feat because as far as he is concerned — there is unfinished business to complete.

Nov 4, 2014

Trend setter Murray seeks London triple crown

PARIS (Reuters) – He is the man who sparked joyous scenes of celebration across a grateful nation when he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s champion.

Yet 14 months later Andy Murray’s towering frame was missing from the eight-man lineup featured on the giant billboard posters plastered across the streets of London to advertise the ATP World Tour Finals.

Nov 4, 2014

Tennis-Trend setter Murray seeks London triple crown

PARIS, Nov 4 (Reuters) – He is the man who sparked joyous scenes of celebration across a grateful nation when he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s champion.

Yet 14 months later Andy Murray’s towering frame was missing from the eight-man lineup featured on the giant billboard posters plastered across the streets of London to advertise the ATP World Tour Finals.

Nov 3, 2014

Nishikori carries four billion Asian hopes on modest shoulders

PARIS (Reuters) – His mere presence causes hysteria and pandemonium in the Land of the Rising Sun and he has no tennis equal in a continent heaving with 4.427 billion inhabitants, yet self-effacing Kei Nishikori thinks he is simply “one” of the best players in Japan.

One of the best? More like ‘the best’.

For a continent that has failed to produce a single male grand slam champion in decades of trying, Nishikori now finds himself as the torch bearer of Asian tennis.

Nov 3, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori carries four billion Asian hopes on modest shoulders

PARIS, Nov 3 (Reuters) – His mere presence causes hysteria and pandemonium in the Land of the Rising Sun and he has no tennis equal in a continent heaving with 4.427 billion inhabitants, yet self-effacing Kei Nishikori thinks he is simply “one” of the best players in Japan.

One of the best? More like ‘the best’.

For a continent that has failed to produce a single male grand slam champion in decades of trying, Nishikori now finds himself as the torch bearer of Asian tennis.

Nov 2, 2014

Cilic cannot get enough of seeing his new friend

PARIS (Reuters) – Marin Cilic cannot get enough of pursuing his new number one hobby — polishing the life-size replica U.S. Open trophy that now sits proudly on a mantelpiece in his Zagreb home.

“I have to (polish it myself), it’s my friend now. I have to see it every day,” the 26-year-old Croatian told Reuters in an interview as he broke into laughter.

Nov 2, 2014

‘Stanimal’ Wawrinka eager to pounce in London

PARIS (Reuters) – The man known as “Stanimal” will be eager to prey on his rivals when he turns up as a bonafide member of the grand slam winner’s club at next week’s ATP World Tour Finals.

Just how lethal Stanislas Wawrinka can be on a tennis court was clear for all to see when he ferociously clawed Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal into submission to win his debut grand slam title at January’s Australian Open — thus becoming the first man in 21 years to beat the top two seeds at a major.

Nov 2, 2014

Tennis-’Stanimal’ Wawrinka eager to pounce in London

PARIS, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The man known as “Stanimal” will be eager to prey on his rivals when he turns up as a bonafide member of the grand slam winner’s club at next week’s ATP World Tour Finals.

Just how lethal Stanislas Wawrinka can be on a tennis court was clear for all to see when he ferociously clawed Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal into submission to win his debut grand slam title at January’s Australian Open — thus becoming the first man in 21 years to beat the top two seeds at a major.

Nov 2, 2014

Tennis-Cilic cannot get enough of seeing his new friend

PARIS, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Marin Cilic cannot get enough of pursuing his new number one hobby — polishing the life-size replica U.S. Open trophy that now sits proudly on a mantelpiece in his Zagreb home.

“I have to (polish it myself), it’s my friend now. I have to see it every day,” the 26-year-old Croatian told Reuters in an interview as he broke into laughter.

Oct 28, 2014

Spanish federation made a mess of Leon appointment, says Murray

PARIS (Reuters) – British number one Andy Murray believes Gala Leon’s appointment as Spain’s Davis Cup captain was handled “horribly”.

The British number one publicly congratulated Leon on Twitter when she was announced as Carlos Moya’s successor in September to become Spain’s first female Davis Cup captain.