World number 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 first rounds of the tournaments. Nishikori, 32, has not played since the end of 2021 as he recovers from hip surgery.
Nishikori, who reached the world No. 4 rankings in 2015, believes he can make a successful comeback and become a top 10 player again. “As I said before, first of all, I want to get back into the rankings so far.
First, I still have some goals to be able to get back into the top ten, but I will eventually return to that position,” Nishikori said during a press conference with Uniqlo, according to Sportskeeda. So he can fight in the second half of the current tournament instead of (Rafael) Nadal or (Novak) Djokovic in the first round.
It feels so good that I want to go back to that place. “After withdrawing from his last four tournaments in the 2021 schedule, Nishikori expected to be ready to start the 2022 season. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Nishikori decided to have hip surgery in January.
After missing the first half of the entire season, Nishikori will also miss the entire grasscourt season. However, Nishikori hopes to be able to compete in the US Open, which begins on August 29. “If all goes well, I will probably play the US Open this year.
I’m trying to be ready in time for the Rakuten Japan Open in October, if it’s going to be this year.
Djokovic frustrated in Paris
Former world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov recently gave his thoughts on the impressive Roland Garros quarter-final match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on Tuesday.
“From the first point, it was clear that Novak … I don’t know what, but something bothered him. I hope it’s not physical and I don’t think it’s because of good running and covering the field. Maybe it was mental, because everyone at Philippe Chatrier was encouraging Nadal. .
The guy has won the Roland Garros 13 times and fans are definitely fond of him. “I’m sure the Paris fans love Novak too, but with Rafa, it’s a special story. I understand Novak, but I also understand the audience’s sympathy for Rafa,” Kafelnikov said.