Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori blaimed too many unforced errors following his second round defeat at the Indian Wells Masters.
Nishikori, now ranked at No. 52 in the world, won the opening set but top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans stormed back to win 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Nishikori could hardly practice before his first Indian Wells match but his back felt fine against Evans.
“At some moments I played well, but overall I made more unforced errors than usual. Wish I could have moved him around, but I kinda played too carefully, made lots of mistakes, wheels came off,” Nishikori said after the loss, per Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
“I was able to move him around in the first set, but from the seconds set the momentum shifted in rallies, I started making more errors especially in my service games, I played passively with pressure. Slow surface didn’t allow me to play at first tempo, that was difficult. My back was fine.”
Nishikori switches focus to the European indoor season
Nishikori has three more tournaments to play before he puts an end to his 2021 season.
“I will play Vienna next. It’s for the first time in a while to play an indoor, I don’t have specific goals for remaining three tournaments, just want to play as many matches as possible,” Nishikori revealed.
Nishikori admitted he felt much on the court during his runs at the Tokyo Olympics and US Open.
“I was not able to have as great feeling as that in the US Open or the Olympics this week, I’m a bit worried, but I could hardly practice, so… I played quite well from the Olympics to the US Open. I will try to get back that great feeling as soon as possible to be ready for the European indoor season,,” Nishikori admitted.