Kei Nishikori warns Roger Federer: 'I want to win Australian Open'

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Kei Nishikori warns Roger Federer: 'I want to win Australian Open'

Kei Nishikori attendes an event held by Australian Open in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday and the Japanese player opened up on his goals by now until the end of the year. Nishikori reached the US Open semifinal losing to the Serb Novak Djokovic and he is committed to play the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo and Rolex Shanghai Masters next.

Then Nishikori, who lost to Mathias Bachinger in last week's Moselle Open semifinals, will compete in Vienna, Paris Masters and eventually ATP Finals in London. Reaching the year-end event is a Nishikori's goal. 'It's been a good year so far since comeback from injury.

I hope I can deliver a good result in Japan Open and finish this year within top 8 to be qualified to London', the Japanese said. Nishikori reached Australian Open quarter-finals thrice, in 2012, 2015 and 2016. He aims to get even further in 2019.

In 2017 he lost to the eventual champion Roger Federer in a five-set fourth round match, and he would like to get a sort of the "revenge". 'Australian Open trophy is very beautiful and big, I'm more motivated to get it by seeing it up close', Nishikori confessed.

'That blue courts come to mind, it would seem beautiful for crowds too. I've often played on Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena, so I feel comfortable on those courts.' 'I lost to Federer in 2017, but it was close', Nishikori added.

'I've played a long match against Tsonga, it's also memorable. Australian Open is my favorite Grand Slam, I want to win someday as a player representing Asians.' ALSO READ: 'Roger Federer should never play on clay again' - Andy Roddick