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Daily Bagel: Michael Chang tags Kei Nishikori to be first Asian to win a Slam

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• Video: Darren Cahill shot some footage of Roger Federer’s practice session with Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday.

• Michael Chang thinks Kei Nishikori can become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam.

Nishikori, one of the hottest young players on the men’s circuit, is the first Japanese to break into the world’s top 10. He climbed to number 9 last week after coming close to defeating Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open final last weekend. Chang became part of Nishikori’s coaching team last December after the latter agreed that Chang’s young family could accompany him.

“Winning a grand slam is certainly a possibility. Kei is beating guys who have won slams or got to the finals and that will be a confidence booster for him to say, ‘Hey, I’m doing well against these players, so why can’t I just do as well [as them]‘,” said Chang.

• This week’s issue of TIME features Rafael Nadal, who opens up about his game, his confidence, his knee and more. Here are some excerpts from the full story.

On the state of his knee …

“I’m still having pain a lot of days. The only thing I wish is that the pain is only minding me when I’m competing. Because I really like to enjoy the rest of the time of my life.”

On confidence …

“I doubt about myself,” Nadal says. “I think the doubts are good in life. The people who don’t have doubts I think only two things: arrogance or not intelligence.”

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• Brian Phillips for Grantland is here to help you brush up on your tennis vocabulary.

• Is crowd-funding the future of tennis?

• Marion Bartoli seems to not be experiencing any FOMO (Fear of missing out) at the French Open this year.

• Breaking down the 1999 French Open, where Andre Agassi completed his career Grand Slam.

• Kamakshi Tandon for ESPN discusses how Maria Sharapova’s off-court responsibilities have been growing, but she hasn’t let it affect her play (yet).

• Here’s a GIF of Dominic Thiem taking a tumble yesterday in his loss to Gilles Simon in Nice.

• In the wake of Wozzilroy’s breakup, here are five of the most heart-wrenching tennis breakups.

• Non-tennis (kind of): Here’s Paris’ ten-day weather report. Tl;dr — LOTS OF RAIN.

  • Published On May 22, 2014
  • 2 comments
    Ace2020
    Ace2020

    If Nadal loses at RG we will undoubtedly here about the excruciating pain in his knees. Yawn.

    KennyChong
    KennyChong

    Rafa was in pain and still won, eat that Ace2020. Yawn!!! Any ways comments are supposed to be on Nishikori/Chang story... Michael Chang is Chinese, he was the first and still to date the the only asian man to win a slam. Kei probably won't... Sorry to say. Big four are still the standard. Kei got to a final of a masters 1000 that was lacking in star power. I believe Roger and Novak were out. Nowhere near the same magnitude of a slam with all the big guys in it playing best of 5. Yea he outplayed Rafa in the final, but kei won't be able to do that for 5 set match against any of the big 4 much less twice in one tournament probably back to back. Only guy to do that since 2005 was Delpo in 2009, and that was a thing of beauty! A performance of a lifetime! Bravo Juan Martin! Stan's victory is asterisked... Rafa was hurt, everyone could see that. So until Roger retires, everyone on the ATP can only hope for a STAN - to get a lucky as heck injury from a big four member in the finals of a grand slam. Not bashing Stan... I commend his effort to get to the final by beating Novak in the quarters and Berdych to get to the finals, but he didn't really beat Nadal. He's never even taken a set off a healthy Nadal. Berdych, Tsonga and Soderling all came close, one major upset, but to go through 2 of them??? Not Until Roger retires. Chang will remain the only Asain man to have a slam for a LONG time.