‘Roger Federer is a monster, I’m sure he can win slams again,’ says Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori says he hopes to be able to play against ‘monster’ Roger Federer again, after both players have returned to tennis following injury.

Federer made a comeback in Doha last week after 13 months away from the game, following two surgeries on a recurring knee injury.

In his first match back, he beat world number 28 Dan Evans in an impressive display before narrowly losing to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals, who eventually went on to win the ATP 250 tournament.

Federer has now said he will skip Dubai in order to concentrate on this fitness for the next six weeks and will look to return in the clay season.

Meanwhile, Nishikori, who has been suffering with an elbow injury, is gaining confidence once again in his game beating both Felix Auger Aliassime and Alex De Minaur to reach the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

On Sunday, the former world number four beat American Reilly Opelka in the first round of the Dubai Championships and was asked his opinion on rekindling the rivalry with Federer once again.

“He (Federer) is a monster, in a good way,” Nishikori told reporters.

“He played two solid matches, that was unexpected. He played a pretty good game. Of course, having been one year off he was a little bit off, you know. But he still played great. Not everybody could do that.”

“Hopefully he can come back strong and hope we can play couple matches, you know, on the courts.

“I always enjoyed playing against him and I’m sure he can come back winning Slams again.”

When asked how he felt after his successful start in Dubai, Nishikori seemed happy with his performance.

“I played a very solid match today,” Nishikori reflected.

“I tried to focus on my first service game because I knew there wouldn’t be many chances on my return game. I tried to make my first serve and I think I did quite enough.

“I surprised myself how I returned well on break points.”

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

Rafael Nadal has prompted ‘unprecedented interest’ in Citi Open, says tournament chief

Rafael Nadal has 'the whole town buzzing' for his first ever appearance at the Citi Open, says the event's tournament director.Nadal skipped Wimbledon and...

‘There is nothing better than this,’ declares Alexander Zverev as he wins Olympics gold

Alexander Zverev says the is 'nothing better' than winning an Olympics gold medal after he heat Karen Khachanov in the final.Zverev became the first...

Olympic bronze medal is ‘best title of my career,’ says Pablo Carreno Busta after Novak Djokovic upset

Pablo Carreno Busta described his Olympics bronze medal as 'the best title of his career' after beating Novak Djokovic.Carreno Busta faced the world number...

‘This is for Roger Federer and Martina Hingis,’ says Olympics gold medal winner Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic won the women's singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics before dedicating it to compatriots Martina Hingis and Roger Federer.Bencic was not...

‘I have played with pain and exhaustion,’ admits Novak Djokovic after Olympics disappointment

Novak Djokovic revealed he is suffering from 'abnormal pain and exhaustion' after he left the Olympics without a medal.Djokovic lost his semi-final to Alexander...

‘I feel terrible,’ admits Novak Djokovic as bid for Golden Slam ends in Tokyo

Novak Djokovic says he 'feels terrible' after his loss to Alexander Zverev in the Olympics semi-finals.The world number one started the match brilliantly and...

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