Kei Nishikori hopes for positive Australian Open campaign, aims top-10 return

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Kei Nishikori hopes for positive Australian Open campaign, aims top-10 return

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori is hoping to have a positive campaign at the Australian Open as he is targeting to return to the top-10 this year, Nishikori, who underwent an elbow surgery in late-2019, missed the majority of last season as he appeared in only four tournaments.

Nishikori, ranked at No. 41 in the world, is now healthy and hoping to stay injury-free as much as possible so he can work his way back to the top. Nishikori, a four-time Australian Open quarterfinalist, was handed a tough draw at Melbourne Park as he is set to face world No.

16 Pablo Carreno Busta. "The Australian Open is going to be an important event as the first Grand Slam of the year, hope I can play as many matches as possible. Youngsters are growing, but I want to regain my form and confidence to be back to the top-10 as soon as possible," Nishikori said, as revealed by Seiadoumogera/Twitter.

Nishikori spent 14 days in hard quarantine

Nishikori, a former world No. 4, was one of the 72 players that were placed in hard quarantine upon landing to Melbourne. Nishikori wasn't able to have a good preparation since he was 14 days locked up in his hotel room.

"It's not tough but mentally exhausting. With a series of misfortunes, I sometimes feel like I should have stayed in United States for practice," Nishikori said. The Australian Open organizers have been strict about their measures as they are keen on avoiding a potential spread at the tournament.

"Australian Open's COVID-19 measures are perfect, but it'd be difficult to implement the same measures in other Slams.
Honestly, I don't know if it's right to travel around the world. We may spread the virus.

But organizers are trying to have tournaments, so I'd like to play for fans and myself," Nishikori said. Nishikori represented Japan at the ATP Cup but didn't have much success as he lost to Russian Daniil Medvedev and Argentine Diego Schwartzman.