Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori insisted he wanted to try something new this time against Novak Djokovic but it didn't work. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, overcame Nishikori in four sets 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-3 6-2 to reach the US Open round-of-16.
"I wanted to play differently (from the usual) even at the Olympics, and today I was also trying that. That might work well, I took a set from him for the first time in a while, but I couldn't keep that," Nishikori said after losing to Djokovic, per Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
"In the first set I was trying to force him to make errors, but when he started raising his level and playing more aggressively I couldn't catch up with him. It was a bit uncomfortable to play differently, but also had a good feeling, like, I can play like this.
"Overall it was not bad, but difference in serve between us was the key. His stroke was also good, few unforced errors, he hit backhand down the line into the narrow space, but I think the difference in serve mattered the most today."
Nishikori glad with his performance despite the loss
Nishikori was happy that he was able to avoid an easy loss against Djokovic. "In the last couple of matches against him I always got broken first and let him play easily, but it was not going like that today, I put pressure on him to some extent, that's the only positive thing from today," Nishikori added.
"Definitely I've been getting better though I have still plenty of room to improve more. Feel like the match was as close as those in Rome and Madrid several years ago. "Next time I may be able to find it a bit less dangerous to play him. In last couple of matches I lost quite easily to him, I was able to avoid that to some extent."