Kei Nishikori reflects on Rafael Nadal loss in Barcelona

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Kei Nishikori reflects on Rafael Nadal loss in Barcelona

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori pushed Rafael Nadal into a three-setter at the Barcelona Open but still he wasn't particularly happy with his performance. Nishikori, a former world No. 4, had three consecutive break points in the opening game of the third set but failed to capitalize and paid the price.

Nadal, ranked at No.3 in the world, survived a Nishikori scare as he beat the Japanese 6-0 2-6 6-2 in the Barcelona round-of-16. "I'm not satisfied with today's match too much. I wonder why I can't keep my level for two or three sets.

In the match against Tsitsipas, I played well only for a set, and today, it was just about a set too (that I could play well)," Nishikori said afterward, as revealed by Seiadoumogera. "If I had converted BPs in the first game of the 3rd set (things might have changed), but I feel annoyed that I can't keep playing well (through whole match).

I don't know why, but I think one he biggest reasons is that I can't earn important points. "Today I could have won a game at 2-5 in the 3rd set, I lost my first service game from 40-15 and then lost the set 0-6.

I had BPs first but failed to convert them, I think that makes a match longer. There would be some reasons, like my focus or something."

Nishikori takes a wildcard into next week's Estoril Open

"I can't say if I've got more confidence or not (through the tournament).

I couldn't play consistently at good level even once in last three matches, but when I was playing without hesitation there were some good moments today, so try to stay positive for the next week in Estoril," Nishikori added.

"I thought a lot about whether to play Estoril. I'm a bit worried about a risk of injury, but I want to play more matches, that's why I decided to play Estoril."