Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has dropped a big praise on Milos Raonic as he says for him the toughest serve to return is the one of the big-serving Canadian. Nishikori, 30, and 29-year-old Raonic have clashed against each seven times, with the Japanese leading the head-to-head record 5-2.
A bit surprisingly, the two tennis stars haven't met since a 2015 World Group first round tie in the Davis Cup. "The toughest serve to return for me is Raonic's serve though (John) Isner or (Ivo) Karlovic may hit a stronger serve," Nishikori said on Instagram Live.
Also, world No. 31 Nishikori spoke highly of Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov as he considers there is no better doubles partner on the Tour for him.
Nishikori and 28-year-old Dimitrov have played twice together and though they have never lost a match -- they haven't also never won a title together.
Kei again highly praised "Dimi" as a doubles partner, said he is the best (partner), he can do everything, his serve and volley is good, "his return... um it's a bit..😅." He wants to play doubles with Hewitt or Goffin, loves (to play doubles with) all-rounder https://t.co/GmDNvvaGvE — 井蛙堂 (@seiadoumogera) April 17, 2020
Nishikori and Dimitrov debuted as a pair at the Brisbane International in 2013 -- where they won their first two matches before they gave a walkover to Marcelo Melo and Tommy Robredo in the semifinal. The two returned to Brisbane in 2016 -- where they once again made the semifinal before they gave their opponents a walkover.