Kei Nishikori: 'Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are still different level'


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Kei Nishikori: 'Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are still different level'

Kei Nishikori said he wishes to break Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominance. The Japanese player, who has reached one Grand Slam final so far at the 2014 US Open losing to Marin Cilic, said: "I hope so.

I hope I can be the one to beat top three, but I feel like those three guys are still different level. ‘But, you know, maybe including me, but, you know, you see [Dominic] Thiem playing final, even though last year Thiem played a great match against Rafa here, and I think a couple of guys are getting closer."

On the Olympics and possibly winning a Grand Slam, Nishikori added: "This is going to be something different because it's going to be my home country, and whole crowd, you know, will support for me. If I can get, you know, the medal, would be, you know, very emotional.

I cannot compare those two, but both very important, but for me now it's really my goal to win the Grand Slams and Masters and of course, you know, do well in Olympics. Andrey Rublev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round.

The Russian player said: "It was tough conditions and we played an amazing match. I know how it is. I was cramping many times during the match too. This is five sets that we're working for. When you win matches like this, it gives you confidence. This match is special, because you know how great he is."