Japan's Kei Nishikori admits winning a maiden ATP title at the very beginning of his career was very important for him. Nishikori, 29, captured his maiden ATP glory at the Delray Beach Open in 2008. Back then, the Japanese came from a set down to stun home favorite James Blake in the Delray Beach final.
Nishikori, ranked at No. 13 in the world, is now a 12-time ATP champion. "Winning my first title at the age of 18 gave me a huge confidence," Nishikori told ELLE Japan, as revealed by Seiadoumogera/Twitter. "Daily training helps you to stay confident and positive in matches, so I try to make every effort during the practices."
Recently, former world No. 4 Nishikori split with his long-time coach Michael Chang. The Japanese is aiming to reach new heights in 2020 with his new coach Max Mirnyi. "In any field you always have to work hard to achieve good results, those who reach the top always try their best even behind the scenes, it's important to keep making efforts all the time," Nishikori added. "New coach is joining my team next year, I'll try to change my tennis a bit with a new voice."