Kei Nishikori, 31, reveals his goals for future



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Kei Nishikori, 31, reveals his goals for future

World No. 47 Kei Nishikori wants to return to the top-20 and to put himself in a position to make deep runs at the Grand Slams. Nishikori, a former world No. 4, made his lone Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2014. Nishikori delivered a disappointing performance in the 2014 US Open final as he lost in straight sets to Marin Cilic.

"I'm still about No. 50, need to be back in the top-20 or 30 to get seeded at the Grand Slams. Want to come back to the position to make semis at the Grand Slams in the next couple of years, that's one of my motivations, the atmosphere of Slams is special," Nishikori said.

Nishikori praised by Rafael Nadal

20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal called Nishikori a top player and said a healthy Nishikori would be a regular Grand Slam semifinalist.

"Kei is obviously a top player having been playing for a long time on the Tour. Unfortunately he has been hindered by repeated injuries. Without these injuries he can be definitely one of top five players and make semis at Slams regularly," Nadal told Number Web.

"Injury proneness kind of depends on luck, I think it applies to Kei. He is really professional, I'm sure he is working on everything to prevent injuries." Injury-prone Nishikori has had a couple of challenging seasons but he is not ready to quit.

"Playing on the Tour is more demanding for players' body than you think. You have to tactically withdraw from some events at times to deal with physical burden. Given his potential, I'm sure he will be able to be back to the top level, no doubt," Nadal acknowledged.

"Believing in himself, working on training and dealing with burden imposed on his body as I said, he can definitely improve again."