Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov and top-ranked Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori have teamed up to play doubles at the Miami Masters. Dimitrov and Nishikori are set to play doubles together for the third time in their respective careers.
Dimitrov and Nishikori debuted as a team eight years ago in Brisbane, when they made the semifinal before giving a walkover to their opponents. Dimitrov and Nishikori made the Brisbane semifinal in 2016 as well and again gave a walkover to their semifinal opponents.
Dimitrov and Nishikori have been handed a tough draw in Miami as they are set to face doubles specialists Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan in their opener.
Nishikori in good spirits
Nishikori made the Dubai quarterfinal last week, before losing to Lloyd Harris in three sets.
"Wish I could have converted last couple of BPs, but his serve was too good. I had several BPs, but it was difficult to read his serve. At the end of the match, he was playing really well," Nishikori said after the Harris loss, per Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
"For the 1st set, I don't know why it went that way. I was feeling good during warming up. If I had got broken earlier in the 2nd set, it would have been a quick loss for me, I'm happy that I was able to bring myself back from the 1st set."
But most importatnly, Nishikori is gaining confidence. "At the end, he was playing more aggressively on important points to make winners, I regret some points in the final set.
Sometimes I still lose my consistency on some points, will try to fix things like how to play on important points not to get cold feet," Nishikori added.
"I'm getting much more confidence, now when I step in the court I'm not worried. Wish I could have gone deeper (in the tournament), but I'm gonna learn from the loss."