After being forced to retire in the Tokyo Open because of a gluteus injury a few weeks ago, Kei Nishikori will return again in the Basel Open, a tournament that saw Roger Federer triumph seven times. However this year, Roger, who played and won the 2011 final just against Nishikori, won't be there as he shut down the season in July in order to recover from the knee injury.
It could be a chance for other players to win the title, but Nishikori is sad to not see Federer in the tournament, 'It's a pity that he is not playing, it's always a pleasure to see him. Hopefully he comes back strong in 2017.
Against him in 2011, I did not play a good match but it was a good experience for me. Facing Roger in a final in his hometown can only be a good memory.' About his own injury, Nishikori reassured and said he was doing well. 'I took some days off to recover well.' Story by Blick ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'Djokovic is not happy on court? For me, happiness is other things'