I don’t want to play with Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal in the first rounds

World No. 84 Kei Nishikori has revealed that his short-term priority will be to quickly improve his rankings as he does not want to play with Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the early rounds of the tournaments. Nishikori, 32, has been out of service since late 2021 as he is currently recovering from hip surgery.

Nishikori, who ranked fourth in the world in 2015, believes he can make a successful comeback and once again among the top 10 players. “As I said earlier, first of all, I want to get back into the rankings so far.

First, I still have some goals so I can get back into the top ten, but eventually I will return to that position,” Nishikori said during a press conference with Uniqlo, at Sportskeeda. So I can fight in the second half of the tournament instead of the current (Rafael) Nadal or (Novak) Djokovic in the first round.

It feels so great that I want to go back to that place again.”

Nishikori hopes to play the US Open

Withdrew from his last four tournaments in the 2021 schedule, Nishikori was hoping to be ready to start the 2022 season.

Unfortunately, that was not the case, and Nishikori decided to undergo hip surgery in January. After missing the first half of the entire season, Nishikori is also set to be out throughout the turf season. However, Nishikori hopes to be able to compete in the US Open, which begins on August 29.

“If all goes well, I might be able to play the US Open this year. I am trying to be ready in time for the Rakuten Japan Open in October if it takes place this year. I don’t think I have another ten years in my tennis career, so I want to live every day to the fullest.”

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