Kei Nishikori shares thoughts on Novak Djokovic still being strong force at 35

Nishikori not surprised Djokovic is still one of the best.

by Dzevad Mesic
Kei Nishikori shares thoughts on Novak Djokovic still being strong force at 35

Kei Nishikori says he is not surprised that Novak Djokovic is a strong force on the ATP Tour even at the age of 35. Djokovic, who turned 35 in May, has had a very challenging season but still he has been able to win two big titles.

After being denied participation at the Australian Open and Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, Djokovic won the Rome Masters and Wimbledon. "Djokovic has solid playing style and given his talent, I'm not surprised he can still play at that level," Nishikori told Wowowtennis.

Nishikori hopes to return soon

Nishikori, 32, has yet to play a match this season.

In January, Nishikori underwent a hip surgery. Nishikori has been dealing with various injuries throughout his career and he is now just hoping he stays healthy when he returns. "When I'm mentally overwhelmed, I stop everything, stop rehab, training and tennis, try to refresh myself.

If I feel I'm ready I will push myself but when I'm struggling and can't find a way, I try to be away from everything for a while, anyway. I have had big injuries several times, these experience helps me. I'd not say I don't feel rushed at all, but think now I can adjust the schedule well.

Hope it is the last injury, I'm a bit fed up with rehab. Trying to care many other parts of my body as well on this occasion."

When Nishikori announced a hip surgery, he revealed he would likely be sidelined for six months.

Eight months have passed since Nishikori's surgery and he hasn't returned yet. Nishikori was scheduld to play at next week's Winston-Salem Open, but he returned his main draw wildcard to the tournament. But Nishikori still hasn't withdrawn from the US Open and there is still a chance we get to see the Japanese at the US Open, which starts on August 29.

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