Kei Nishikori reveals his feelings after the victory

The long ordeal that forced Kei Nishikori to stay away from the playing courts for more than two years could finally be over

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Kei Nishikori reveals his feelings after the victory

The long ordeal that forced Kei Nishikori to stay away from the playing courts for more than two years could finally be over. The Japanese had to deal with various physical problems: he first stopped due to an ankle injury and then operated on his hip.

On more than one occasion he has tried to return, but has often postponed the appointment due to some complications. Between one forfeit and another, Nishikori seriously thought about retiring. Kei said: "I have thought several times about retiring during this period.

I spent months without having the opportunity to train or play, mentally it was really complicated." The Japanese had played his last official match at the Indian Wells 2021 Masters 1000 and had surrendered to Daniel Evans in three sets.

Nishikori: "I didn't think I'd win the tournament"

Nishikori's restar of the career began at the Challenger in Palmas del Mar and with a success with a special flavor. The tennis player born in 1989 lost only one set in the entire tournament and in the final he overtook Michael Zheng with a score of 6-2, 7-5.

"I didn't expect to win this tournament. I didn't think I could play like this. My performance in the final makes me think that I can still compete in the ATP Tour," said Nishikori at the end of a week as important as significant.

Immediately after the triumph, compliments arrived from Andy Murray. The Scotsman was also forced into a long break due to hip problems and, after winning his second consecutive Challenger in Nottingham, he returned to the top 40.

His goal is to be seeded for Wimbledon. "Congratulations on winning on your return Kei," wrote the former world number one on his Twitter account. Nishikori's response was not long in coming: "Thank you, Andy. You are a huge inspiration to me."

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