By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday August 3, 2021
Kei Nishikori is on the rise. After his 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Cameron Norrie to achieve the quarterfinals on the Citi Open on Thursday, the previous World No.4 (present 67) instructed reporters that he’s enjoying his finest tennis in two years. Nishikori, who famously struggled in 2019 and 2020 earlier than present process wrist surgical procedure, says he’s lastly beginning to really feel the ball the way in which he needs to.
“Since final week in Japan, I really feel prefer it’s been two years that I really feel like this,” the 31-year-old stated. “The way in which I really feel on the courtroom may be very good, very comfy, being aggressive. I am lastly begin feeling the ball. So really feel like beating high 10, it has been two years additionally. However after getting back from my wrist harm, final week was first time I felt like robust, and I really feel like I am carrying that this week too.”
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Right this moment the 2015 Citi Open champion, who snapped a 13-match shedding streak in opposition to the Prime-10 on the Olympics when he defeated Andrey Rublev (en path to the quarterfinals), made it six wins in his final seven matches together with his victory over the World No.29.
“Very pleased,” he stated. “Very happy that how I preserve enjoying like this. There’s some up and downs, however, yeah, final two weeks I’ve been feeling fairly good.”
Nishikori, who will face both Lloyd Harris or Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals on Friday, says that little issues are beginning to make a giant distinction in his recreation.
“There’s much less unforced errors than final couple months, and like little issues, like small distinction when I’ve to achieve with my slice and making all the pieces, that is I did not have couple months in the past. Forehand is feeling good now, so I could be little extra aggressive than earlier than,” he stated. “Yeah, like, the little issues. Serving properly, too.”