Australian Open: Nadal tips Nishikori for top 10
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 02:52
  
Australian Open: Nadal tips Nishikori for top 10
Melbourne: Japan`s Kei Nishikori won high praise from Rafael Nadal Monday as the world number one tipped him to break into the top 10 following their hard-fought encounter at the Australian Open.

The Japanese star, advised by Michael Chang, kept the 13-time Grand Slam champion on court for three hours 17 minutes before going down 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in the fourth round.

Asia`s most accomplished men`s star said he was proud of his efforts, but also disappointed to lose his sixth straight match to the mighty Spaniard and fail to take a set.

"First of all I`m really disappointed because I had some chances to at least get one set, and I couldn`t," he said.

"I mean, both tiebreaks he was playing much better. He raised his level and he was playing good.

"But a couple points was amazing points. I thought I was playing good. Some important points I couldn`t get and the games can change completely.

"So, you know, I think that was the best game I have against Rafa."

Nadal said Nishikori had come a long way in a short time and had a bright future.

"It`s always it`s tough against him on every surface," said the Spaniard.

"He`s a very complete player. He`s very quick, he`s able to do the most difficult thing in tennis, that`s taking the ball early and changing the direction. He`s able to do it easy.

"Kei is a potential top 10 player."

Nadal added: "It was difficult for me to take positions inside the court and I was close to losing every set, so I congratulate Kei and I feel he will have a great season."

Nishikori, who is currently ranked 17, has hired former French Open champion Chang to help him crack the top 10, working alongside his current full-time coach Dante Bottini.
AFP

First Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 02:52


comments powered by Disqus
Rank Player
1 Serena Williams (USA)
2 Li Na (CHN)
3 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
4 Simona Halep (ROU)
5 Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
6 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
7 Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
8 Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
9 Angelique Kerber (GER)
10 Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Rank Player
1 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
3 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
4 Roger Federer (SUI)
5 Andy Murray (GBR)
6 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
7 David Ferrer (ESP)
8 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG)
9 Milos Raonic (CAN)
10 Ernests Gulbis
Serena Williams Bio
Victoria Azarenka: Bio
Rafael Nadal: Bio
Roger Federer: Bio
Novak Djokovic: Bio
Rank Player
1 Rafael Nadal
2 Novak Djokovic
3 David Ferrer
4 Andy Murray
5 Juan Martin del Potro
Rank Player
1 Serena Williams
2 Victoria Azarenka
3 Maria Sharapova
4 Li Na
5 Agnieszka Radwanska