Kei Nishikori was probably the true pioneer of tennis in the Asian world. The former number 4 in the world has had an excellent career so far, he has collected several good results but he has always missed the next step to reach some historical milestone.
His 2021 started quite well, the Japanese showed a continuity of performance and a situation that seems to lead him towards the top floors of the ATP ranking. He is currently number 41, but as recently reiterated, the 31-year-old’s goal is to come back to the ATP top-10.
This and other results for an athlete who feels far from finished. At Sportkeeda Tennis Nishikori has dealt with various topics, from his great passion for Roger Federer to his friendship with compatriot Naomi Osaka. In the year of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, an event that is even more felt for a Japanese tennis player.
Kei Nishikori’s words to Sportkeeda
Here are the statements of the Japanese tennis player: “In my career I have achieved several great results and honestly it is difficult for me to say which is the most important.
Winning the Bronze medal at the Olympics was special, but I also loved the US Open final and winning trophies at the Japan Open. One of my goals is to inspire kids to pick up the racket and become tennis players.
Targets? Winning great titles always remains a great goal for me, looking forward now it would be fantastic for me to win a Masters 1000. In 2019 and 2020 I had to face several difficult challenges, not only on the field (injuries and positivity at Covid-19) , but now I’m back to 100% and I’m just trying to get back to an adequate race pace.”
On tennis players who talk about love but also hatred of tennis Nishikori replies: “It’s not like that for me, I love tennis and I like to work and train to improve. I get up in the morning to play tennis.
The Big Three? These guys are special, they’ve been doing something absurd in the last 15 years. Winning a Grand Slam is difficult already, they have been able to win the same Grand Slam tournament 8-9 or even over 10 times. It’s incredible.”