Kei Nishikori commented on Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer's withdrawals in Montreal. The Japanese player was asked an opinion about two big stars missing this year's event. "I do not hugely care but of course for fans, it's not great.
But Rafa is there and many good guys are playing, Sascha, Dominic who has just won a title. It's not gonna be easy", said Nishikori, who is yet to conquer a Masters 1000 title: "I hope I can win it sooner than later.
It's my goal and I will keep trying to do it." On what he did following his quarter-final loss to Roger Federer in Wimbledon, Nishikori added: "I had more time to take rest and get more confident on hard courts after Wimbledon.
The first two matches will be important. I had a lot of practice coming to Montreal, I rested for three weeks. I did not touch a racket for two weeks, it was raining a lot so I could not play too much. I wanted to play Washington, I have good memories there as I won a title but I did not want to risk too much.
Montreal and Cincinnati are important tournaments. This is a great tournament. I like Canada, fans are into tennis, there have been a lot already on Sunday and Friday." Nishikori has reached four Masters 1000 finals losing them all. That happened in 2014 Madrid and 2018 Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal, 2016 Miami and 2016 Toronto to Novak Djokovic.