After an elbow injury and two very difficult seasons, Kei Nishikori is looking to get back to what he once was. Recall that the Japanese tennis player reached the fourth position in the world ranking in 2015 and played in the final of the US Open 2014: final then lost against Marin Cilic.
Nishikori, after the Australian disappointment, went to the quarter-finals in both Rotterdam and Dubai, two ATP 500 tournaments, and has shown that he can still compete at high levels.
Nishikori: "It was great to see Federer back on the court"
Right after the last game played in Dubai against Lloyd Harris, Nishikori talked about Roger Federer's come back and his esteem for the Swiss legend.
"Roger Federer is a monster, but in a good way. He has played two solid matches in Doha and I didn't expect to see him already so competitive. It was great to see him back on the pitch. Of course, having been stopped for more than a year, some rust has been noticed, but I think it's normal.
He still played great, not everyone would have been able to do it. I would like to face him again in my career, I have always loved playing against him and I have no doubt that he can win other Grand Slam titles." In a recent interview, the Japanese also praised the talent of the Big Three.
He said: "You have to have the utmost respect for what Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have managed to do in the last 15 years. Even winning a single Grand Slam is complicated, let alone winning 20, 20 and 18.
We are talking about a real company." For the first time since 2004, none of the Big Three will be present in the main draw of a Masters 1000. Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, for various reasons, have in fact decided not to participate in the Miami tournament this season and to prepare for the season on the red earth.
World number four Dominic Thiem will not take part in the tournament, who has not been able to express himself at his highest levels in recent months and has probably chosen to concentrate on his favorite surface.