Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters. Nishikori has played lots of tennis recently as, after making the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinal, he played at the Citi Open in Washington the following week.
At the Citi Open, Nishikori made the semifinal before losing to Mackenzie McDonald. Nishikori then appeared at this week's Toronto Masters, where he beat Miomir Kecmanovic in his opener before pulling out of the tournament.
"I've been feeling a bit of pain since last week so will see how well I recover. With that concerns about shoulder, I just tried to put first serve in. The surface is fast, so when I put my first serve in, like slice serve, I didn't get attacked so much.
If I had got more free points on my serve it would have been easier, but think I managed well," Nishikori said after beating Kecmanovic.
Nishikori's form on the rise
Nishikori has caught a bit of form recently, making the quarterfinal at the Tokyo Olympics and reaching his first ATP semifinal since 2019 in Washington.
Nishikori was hoping to claim a medal at the Tokyo Olympics but he fell short in his attempt. "Well, I feel like from the Olympics I have started playing better. I don't really know why, but maybe, you know, it was big tournaments and also playing home, I know the venue for a long time, and, you know, I don't know why, but, yeah, from the first match against Rublev, I started playing so much better and more confidence coming up.
I mean, it was good experience," Nishikori said of his Tokyo experience, per Max Gao. "Of course little shame that we didn't have any spectators, but, I mean, still, it was fun and I enjoyed. I mean, better I could get a medal, but lost to a great player. But still, it was good experience."