Japanese tennis pro Kei Nishikori has prepared hard for the US Open 2016 and he’s feeling confident of his chances at the Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York.
In a press conference before the tennis major started, Nishikori, who is ranked top seven in the world rankings talked about his maturity as a player.
“I think I’m little more patient and playing much better than last year, two years ago. You know, I’m really excited for next week,” Nishikori stated. “I feel a lot of special feeling here in the U.S. Open, a good memory from two years ago.”
Nishikori has been in the Top 10 in the world since 2014 and is one of the top players expected to challenge the elite players Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and others.
Nishikori is looking forward to repeat his 2014 feat at the US Open when he became the first Asian and Japanese to play at the championship. Croatian Marin Cilic got his first Grand Slam title in his career by beating the Japanese that year in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 6-3.
This year Nishikori is seeded sixth in the tournament and in the same bracket as second seed Andy Murray, who is the hottest player in the ATP Tour with the injuries to Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
Nishikori is playing well this season and coming from a bronze medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s singles competition. The Japanese won over favorite Rafael Nadal in three sets, 6-2 6-7(1) 6-3.
“I had a great experience. Olympic games, it’s something special, and especially the last match against Rafa I played good tennis,” Nishikori stated about his performance in Rio, Brazil. “He almost came back, but played a great match. I had a lot of confidence from that match.”
Nishikori will be playing his first round match-up at the US Open 2016 against Benjamin Becker of Germany on Monday night.
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