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Kei Nishikori          

Professional Tennis Player & 1st Tennis Olympic Medalist for Japan in 96 Years

Kei Nishikori is a prominent Japanese professional tennis player known for his speed, agility, and formidable groundstrokes. He has been a trailblazer for the sport, becoming the first male player from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era. His landmark achievement came at the 2014 US Open, where he finished as the runner-up.

Nishikori turned professional in 2007 and quickly began making a name for himself on the ATP Tour. His breakthrough came in 2008 when he won his first ATP title at the Delray Beach Open, making him the first Japanese player to win an ATP event in nearly two decades. Over the years, Nishikori has accumulated 12 ATP singles titles and has consistently been a fixture in the top 10 rankings, reaching a career-high of No. 4 in March 2015. Known for his exceptional return game and relentless baseline play, Nishikori has been a formidable opponent for the top players in the world.

In addition to his Grand Slam success, Nishikori won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating Rafael Nadal, bringing Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 96 years. Nishikori has also reached the finals of several ATP 500 and Masters 1000 events.

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