Sometimes the first win of the season is even more important for a player than it just being… the first win of the season, especially when the year finished one triumph away from a milestone.
For two players, it is exactly what happened.
Two days after celebrating his 23rd birthday, World no 19 Kei Nishikori won his 100th career match, a 7-5 6-2 first-round triumph over Aussie Marinko Matosevic in Brisbane. The best Japanese player in history has had his share of injury issues already, which only delayed this first big milestone, and just like him, we’re sure it is the first of many:
Didn’t even realize…today I won my 100th match of my career.On to the next 100!
— Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) December 31, 2012
The New Year also started well for veteran Mikhail Youzhny, who came back from a set deficit to defeat another veteran, Benjamin Becker, 4-6 7-6(3) 6-1, in the first round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, in Doha. The Russian racquet artist thus signed his 400th career triumph.
Congratulations to Nishikori and Youzhny for posting the first milestones of 2013!