In an interview on Friday in Japan, the world no. 10 Kei Nishikori reflected on playing the ATP Finals in London last week. The 28-year-old won just one match against Roger Federer and then lost to Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson.
Nishikori was still happy to play the year-end tournament for the fourth time in career. 'I couldn't make London on my own, I felt sorry for Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro, they were forced to withdraw despite their good season.
But I was certainly gonna try my best if I had an opportunity, so at the end of the day I was happy to be albe to play London,' said Nishikori, who achieved his best ATP Finals result in 2016 losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Commenting on the 2019 season, that he will start at the Brisbane International, Nishikori added: 'I want to raise on the rankings, I returned to the top 10 and I want to go forward.' Asked about his loss to Thiem that ended his ATP Finals campaign, Nishikori said: 'There was too many unforced errors for me.
I think made it really easy today. I mean, he was also playing well. But I think I gave him too many free points that couldn't get the point like two or three point in a row. Yeah, he was playing solid, too. There was not too many chances for me.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title