Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

ATP Finals: Kei Nishikori profile

Nishikori will be making his fourth appearance at London's O2 Arena where he reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016 Nishikori will be making his fourth appearance at London's O2 Arena where he reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016
Shannon Reynolds | 10 November, 2018, 15:25

"Either it happens or it doesn't", he told Germany's Tennis Magazin this year, referring to the 109. Competent off both wings, a force to be reckoned with on the baseline that allows him to dictate play by manoeuvring his opponent from side to side in order for him to create an opening to ferociously pounce with his shot of choice.

He is the youngest player ranked in the top 20 by the ATP and has a career-high ranking of No 15 in the world.

Nishikori will face former world No. 1 Roger Federer Sunday at London's O2 Arena, a challenge that comes at the end of a long road that included finishing a five-month wrist injury layoff in January and then starting his 2018 campaign on the second-tier Challenger circuit.

But Ferreira finished the race in ninth place and needed an Andre Agassi injury to get in, whereas Anderson has qualified as of right as the sixth-best player of this year. He quickly became a player with a burning desire to be amongst the best players in the world.

Cilic, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists.

The 37-year-old has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals - including two in London - but has not lifted the trophy since 2011.

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But just like his Argentine counterpart, it has been a career of niggling injuries.

'I don't want it to move from London, I just feel the concept of this event is it should be the one that travels, ' he said. In 2013, he had knee issues during the early part of the season.

"I look at this next generation, Nishikori, Raonic and Dimitrov, as the one which came after Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi". The pair have had a successful year on Tour, having won at Marseille and finishing runner-up at four other tournaments (Wimbledon, 's-Hertogenbosch, Toronto and Tokyo).

A champion's mentality instilled by Chang and Nishikori at his own accord saw him win a Challenger event at the beginning of the year in Dallas - It was back to basics. I knew that if they were doing well and I was doing well, I would have struggled. "Maybe until Monte Carlo I was playing terribly and didn't feel like I had any confidence and I wasn't playing good tennis at that time".

The Swiss legend is paired along with the likes of Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem while Djokovic is with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner.

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