During his career, Kei Nishikori has won 12 ATP titles, he was the first Japanese to reach a Slam final (US Open 2014) since the days of Zenzo Shimizu in 1920, then lost to Marin Čilić. In the other Grand Slam tournaments he played at least a quarter-final.
In the Rio Olympics he won the bronze medal by beating Rafael Nadal in the third-fourth place final. On March 2, 2015 he reached the 4th position of the world ranking, still his best ranking. Fresh from his Rogers Cup finals appearance in Toronto, Nishikori represented Japan at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where he was seeded 4th.
In the semifinal he lost to Andy Murray and faced Rafael Nadal for the bronze medal match, which he won in 3 sets; it was the first Olympic tennis medal for Japan in 96 years. During a recent interview, the Japanese recalled his most memorable moment: “The third-place playoff with Nadal.
Of course, the medal was on the line. And that match being against Nadal made it very memorable." He has struggled with fitness, since undergoing a minor procedure on his elbow after the 2019 US Open. Nishikori cannot wait to come back and start playing again: “My elbow is fine but my body is not ready yet.
I’ve rested a long time and I’m coming back from zero. It’s sad, seeing the Australian Open and now skipping the Davis Cup, and other big tournaments are coming. Everything is going well but I couldn’t make it in time.
I’m sure I will come back soon, hopefully in Miami this month or for the clay-court season, although it wasn’t possible this week”.