Novak Djokovic spoke about what he likes the most when it comes to Japan. The Serb said: "I like many things about this country both when it comes to places and people. The technology is surprising. Tennis is a popular sport in the country, it got even bigger thank to Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka.
I hope to have a good week in singles." Yasutaka Uchiyama was happy with his win over Benoit Paire. The Japanese said: “Of course I’m happy after winning the first round. But at the same time, I don’t want to feel happy too much.
I want to focus on the next round. I’m happy for now, and then I want to focus on tomorrow. I played very good service games again today. I didn’t drop my serve and that was the key. I had just a few chances to break him.
I think he felt a little bit frustrated with the return games, and that was a key." Taro Daniel spoke about his season: "I had pressure this year. I realized that I had my worst two weeks in a Challenger after the French Open.
It looked like that something was not going well since the start of the season but I did not focus on it because results were not that bad. I think I am putting pressure on myself, I accept it and I am still taking it. I learned a lot.
Last year I started entering in the ATP 250s and 500s and the prize money suddenly increased. For the first time I was on TV and the world seemed different to me. A childhood dream had become true. I am lucky because I can afford a coach.
I can go forward. I spoke to my father and my mental coach, but in the end I had to find it alone. For around six months, when I hurt, I went to Norwegia alone. I do not think I am a famous person, but people started looking at me because they saw me on TV."