Kei Nishikori gives update on his troublesome shoulder after US Open win
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Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori was happy that he managed to overcome 113th-ranked Salvatore Caruso at the US Open on Tuesday. Nishikori, now ranked at No. 56 in the world, made a furious start to the match but Caruso improved his level in the third set to force a fourth set.
However, Nishikori kept his focus as he handed a 6-1 6-1 5-7 6-3 loss to Caruso to progress into the Us Open second round. "I'm relieved. He started playing better, got used to my quick rhythm in the third set, I was a bit panicking," Nishikori said after his win, per Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
Nishikori's shoulder reacted well
Nishikori has been bothered by a shoulder issue for quite some time but his troublesome shoulder wasn't giving him problems during his opener at the US Open. "Was not bad. It's been improving every day, I can't say it's fully healed, but today it was okay.
Have started serve practice only recently, wish I could have put more first serve in in the first & second sets, but it was good for first match after having a rest," Nishikori said of his troublesome shoulder. Nishikori made a fast start to the match, having claimed back-to-back breaks to take an early 4-0 lead.
Caruso served out the fifth game to get on the board but lost his serve once again in the seventh game as Nishikori comfortably won the opener. Nishikori continued his great play in the second set, having broken Caruso twice to take a comfortable two-set lead.
After dropping his serve five times in first two sets, Caruso served much better in the third set and claimed his first break of the match in the 12th game to force a fourth set. Nishikori dropped his serve twice in the fourth set but claimed four breaks to get the job done in four sets.