Kei Nishikori: I want to play against Janko Tipsarevic before he retires


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Kei Nishikori: I want to play against Janko Tipsarevic before he retires

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori hopes he will get a chance to play one more time against Janko Tipsarevic before the Serb retires. Tipsarevic, 35, announced just before the US Open that he intends to retire at the end of this season after years of struggling with injuries.

"It has been a great 16 years,” Tipsarevic said in an Instagram post. “After a lot of soul searching and thinking what is important to me in this stage of my life and what does make me happy, I have decided to retire from professional tennis”.

Nishikori, ranked at No. 7 in the world, and former world No. 8 Tipsarevic have played against each five times in the past. Interestingly, Tipsarevic dominates the head-to-head between the two as he claimed five wins over Nishikori in 2011.

“Want to play him one last time before his retirement," Nishikori said. "I think I have a losing record against him. He's one of tricky players for me. I learned from his backhand. He's been struggling with injuries, sad to see him ending his career and that makes me feel like I've aged."