Belgium's David Goffin has spoken very highly of Japanese world No. 8 Kei Nishikori ahead of his campaign at the Japan Open in Tokyo. Nishikori, a 12-time ATP champion and former world No. 4, has achieved some notable things throughout his career but he hasn't yet accomplished his goal of winning a Masters or a Grand Slam title.
Goffin and Nishikori are well known to each other as they often practice together and they have played against each other three times at the ATP level so far in their respective careers. Nishikori, 29, owns a perfect record against Goffin as he has never lost to 28-year-old Goffin.
"Nishikori is a great player, he has a great career, he's consistent, he has achieved many good results. He moves very quickly and takes balls early. He's a good model for me. We often have training together when it's possible, that's an intense and a good practice," Goffin told Tennis365, as revealed by Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
Unfortunately for the home fans, they won't be able to see world No. 8 Nishikori in action this week as the top-ranked Japanese was forced to pull out of Tokyo due to an injury. Meanwhile, Goffin is set to open his Tokyo campaign against Chengdu Open champion Pablo Carreno Busta.