‘I’m getting better everyday’ says Kei Nishikori after comeback defeat

Kei Nishikori is taking the positives from this return to tennis, despite being defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the ATP Cup.

Nishikori, who underwent elbow surgery in late 2019, played in only four tournaments in 2020 and had his much awaited return leading Team Japan against Team Russia in this year’s first team tournament.

The current World number 41 had a slow start to the match, but seemed to find more momentum in the second set however his consistency let him down, with Medvedev winning the match 6-2,6-4.

But Nishikori says despite the defeat, he was pleased with his overall progress and stamina and is improving rapidly while making adjustments to his game.

“I’ve changed my serving form, I’m not used to it yet, but I think my serve was good” Nishikori said.

“I had a bad start, couldn’t hit clean at all, but it was not so bad overall today, I still have lots of things to work on though.

“I couldn’t keep my level, had more ups and downs than usual, but stamina-wise it was better than expected.

“I’m getting better everyday, the first (on-court practice) day was just horrible” Nishikori revealed.

“In the second set, everything was good. Sometimes I missed volleys and lost important points maybe due to bad timing, and I hope I will have more stable stroke.

“There were as many good points as bad points.”

“Honestly I didn’t want to play a top 10 player in my first match, I wish I could have played those players later with more confidence.

“He didn’t give me easy points, his shots were deep, his quality was high. But overall, it was way better than my comeback match in last September.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘It’s a new reality’ – Matteo Berrettini lifts lid on rankings-related pressures in tennis

Matteo Berrettini has opened up on the immense personal pressures that come with becoming a top tennis player. The Italian has made huge strides in...

‘We may have to make the court faster,’ admits Richard Krajicek after Alexander Zverev complaints

Tournament director Richard Krajicek admitted Rotterdam may have to change following criticism from Alexander Zverev. Zverev crashed out of the tournament on Wednesday after he...

‘I may play the full clay court swing,’ says Andy Murray as he gives scheduling update

Andy Murray gave his clearest indicator yet that he is feeling fit as he confirmed playing a full clay court swing is an option...

Andy Murray: ‘Roger Federer will play top-level tennis again because he is that good’

Andy Murray has backed Roger Federer to get back to playing 'top -level tennis' again following his knee surgery. Federer has not played a competitive...

‘I prefer not to judge’ – Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into Novak Djokovic criticism

Rafael Nadal says he refuses to 'judge' Novak Djokovic over the Adria Tour after a magazine attempted to draw him into comment. Djokovic arranged the...

‘Do not write Roger Federer off,’ warns Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic ahead of comeback

You should never write off Roger Federer, says Novak Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic ahead of the Swiss star's return next week. Federer has been out...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here