Nishikori: I felt sorry for Rafa Nadal, del Potro skipping ATP Finals


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Nishikori: I felt sorry for Rafa Nadal, del Potro skipping ATP Finals

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