Daniil Medvedev, Barcelona 2019

Daniil Medvedev is the first player to qualify for the Barcelona semifinals thanks to his 6-3 6-4 victory over lucky-loser Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean had beaten Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov in the previous rounds.
Winner in Sofia, finalist in Brisbane, semi-finalist in Monte Carlo, Medvedev has a tour-leading 24-7 match record this season.

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He will face Kei Nishikori for a place in the final. The Japanese defeated lucky-loser Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals.
Medvedev and Nishikori met in the Brisbane final earlier this year, with the latter capturing the title after a 3-set battle.

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

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The Next Gen, 2 years after
Sofia 2019: Medvedev cruises to the title
Brisbane 2019: Nishikori claims the title

Stan Wawrinka, Rotterdam 2019

3-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka is back in top form: he defeated number one seed Kei Nishikori in a thrilling 3-set match to advance to the Rotterdam final. Nishikori was bidding to reach his second final of the season, following his victory in Brisbane last month.

Stan Wawrinka, Rotterdam 2019

Kei Nishikori, Rotterdam 2019

The Swiss had beaten his friend BenoĆ®t Paire and then Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov to reach the last 4. It will be his second Rotterdam final – he claimed the title here in 2015 defeating Tomas Berdych – his first final since his loss to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2017.

Denis Shapovalov, Rotterdam 2019

In the other semifinal Gael Monfils took his revenge over Daniil Medvedev, who had took the better of him in the semifinals of the Sofia Open last week. Like Wawrinka, Monfils will play his second Rotterdam final – he lost to Martin Klizan in 2016, and his 29th overall. The Frenchman has a terrible record, having only won 7 out of 28 finals (16 out of 28 for the Swiss).

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Nishikori Australian Open outfit

A perfect start of the season for Nishikori, as he claimed his 12th career title in Brisbane, his first since February 2016, after nine consecutive final losses.
He will hit the Melbourne courts wearing his new colorful Uniqlo outfit. The shirt is available in two color ranges: pink/orange/green and yellow/dark green/brown. Do you like the vivid colors? Really different from Federer’s kit, don’t you think?

Kei Nishikori, Brisbane 2019

Finally a trophy for Kei Nishikori! After nine consecutive defeats in finals, the Japanese defeated NextGen player Daniil Medvedev to claim his 12th career title, his first since February 2016 in Memphis.

“I was trying in every final and every tournament… I played a great match against Dimitrov and today’s match was another good tennis [match]. I’m sure Daniil is going to be [in the] Top 10 soon.”

Daniil Medvedev is definitely a player to watch: he won his first ATP title in Sydney last year (d. De Minaur) before wins in Winston-Salem (d. Johnson) and Tokyo (d. Nishikori). In 2018, Medvedev led the ATP Tour with 38 hard-court victories (38-15). As Nishikori stated it, he could reach the top 10 quickly.

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

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Fourth Memphis Open trophy for Kei Nishikori

Photo credit: Andrew Robertson

Roland Garros 2018: Kei Nishikori's outfit

Kei Nishikori came back after a 5-month injury hiatus and started his 2018 season by playing challenger tour events. He’s had quite a few good results since then on the main tour with a semifinal in New York, a final in the Monte Carlo Masters, and wins over Dimitrov, Cilic and Zverev.
He will try to match his best result in Roland Garros (quarterfinals in 2015 and 2017) wearing a similar outfit to the one he wore last year in Paris, but in a different color range. The shirt is available in two colors: white and pink.

Kei Nishikori's Roland Garros outfit

Kei Nishikori's Roland Garros outfit

Kei Nishikori's Roland Garros outfit

Kei Nishikori's Roland Garros outfit

Kei Nishikori's Roland Garros outfit

It seems Kei’s outfit is only available for sale in Japan.

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