Kei Nishikori Says He Doesn’t Feel Much Pressure To Win From Japan
by Tom Gainey | August 13th, 2015, 1:44 pm

World No. 4 Kei Nishikori said yesterday that despite swiftly rising up the ranks, he doesn’t feel any extra pressure from his home country of Japan where he’s such a popular star.

“I’m very comfortable,” said Nishikori after an opening win over Pablo Andujar. “I don’t feel much pressure from Japan or anything. I just try to focus what I can do.

“It’s very honor to be No. 1 player right now in Asia. I hope tennis gets bigger in Asia. You see the Korean kids is doing well again. I hope more guys are coming.”

While he’s happy to be Asia’s best, his sights are set much higher.

“My goal is not to make new records in Asia, it’s to be one of the best players in the world,” he said. “There’s more things to do, but I am having fun on this journey.

“To be No. 1 there’s many things to do. But I think I’ve been doing what I have to do right now. Doing a lot of things to work hard off the court. I worked hard the two weeks before Washington.

“I think stay healthy is the most important thing for me ’cause if I can play well and if I can play every tournaments decent amounts, you know, I think next goal is to win a Masters or Grand Slam. For me, I’m No.5, but I haven’t get any title from Masters or Grand Slam. So I think that’s going to be my next goal.”

The 25-year-old just won Washington last week beating John Isner in a 3-set final, his third title of the year. And last year he made the US Open final.

Nishikori plays tonight against Belgian David Goffin.

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3 Comments for Kei Nishikori Says He Doesn’t Feel Much Pressure To Win From Japan

jane Says:

goffin’s liability seems to be his serve. kei is all over the seconds.

mat4 Says:

Goffin is playing a wiser game, denying Kei angles whenever he can, but, just like you wrote, the difference in the combo serve/return of serve seems to be the key. Nishikori doesn’t have a big serve, but it’s just a little bit better, and his return is also more aggressive.

Then, there is the physical aspect. Goffin looks a bit frail. A kind of Nishikori for the poor. But he has progressed a lot in the last two years, and I guess (and hope!) he will be a top ten player soon. Here, the key of the match will also be Goffin’s FH, and Goffin is often late on the ball there.

mat4 Says:

David is just too tense, missing his chances. And he has a good chance, even now.

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