Kei Nishikori had a very good year so far, especially considering that he was sidelined from the Tour until late January. Speaking ahead of his opening round match against Stan Wawrinka or Donald Young in Washington's Citi Open, the Japanese player revealed he has some big goals for the future.
'I'm very honored to be the number one Asian and Japan player. I don't feel any pressure from being number one in Asia. My goal is to be number one in the world.' Nishikori now feels in a great shape: 'After coming back from injury, I'm enjoying the challenge this year.
I feel like I'm going to be tough again. My wrist is OK now. I'm going to try and get into the top 10 again. That's my goal and motivation. Feeling great again. Had a couple days off after Wimbledon and started working again.
I'm trying to keep my intensity up. I got a little confidence going to the final at Monte Carlo. Still, I feel it sometimes, but most of the time I'm feeling great. Now I'm enjoying playing tennis again.' Nishikori also commented on his compatriot Yosuke Watanuki's potential, world No.
287: 'He has a great forehand, maybe better than me. I hope he does well. He's playing great enough to be top 100. Hopefully, he does a big jump this summer.' ALSO READ: Mirka Vavrinec and her love story with a sultan before Roger Federer