Google Down the Line!: Qualifier Nishikori wins Delray Beach, earns first ATP title


Monday, February 18, 2008

Qualifier Nishikori wins Delray Beach, earns first ATP title


Taking his chances: 18-year old qualifier Kei Nishikori announced his arrival in tennis world this weekend, defeating top seed James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the final of Delray Beach and earning his first senior-level title. The Japanese baller, who's another product of the Nick Bollettieri factory, became the youngest winner on the ATP Tour since 1998 when a 16-year old Lleyton Hewitt won in Adelaide.

Now, how does Kei's progress compare to that of fellow 18-year old American "prodigy" (and racquet launcher) Donald Young?

(images via AP Photo/Jon Way)

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