A break-out 2014 season and a career-high ranking of five has added extra weight to Kei Nishikori`s shoulders, with the U.S. Open finalist already bearing the burden of huge expectations in his home country Japan.
With Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic taking on each other at the 2014 US Open final on Monday, new set of challengers are ready to stamp their authority in the world of tennis. It is the first time in nine years that a men's Grand Slam final doesn't feature a player from the 'big four'. After sharing nearly a major share of the Slams in the recent decade, the 'big four' now have competition for titles and that is a good sight for the tennis fraternity.
Thirteen years after winning the U.S. Open, Lleyton Hewitt was back out on Arthur Ashe Stadium court sweating under a blazing sun on Wednesday, still battling, still fist-pumping and still not ready to call it a career.
U.S. Open 10th seed Kei Nishikori remains concerned over his fitness following a three-week injury break with the Japanese number one raising doubts about his prospects of making it past the first round in New York.
British number one Andy Murray, who has not won a competition in a year, has said that he feels like he is in the best shape he has been for a long time, as he will attempt to end a 13-month winless streak with a second US Open crown.
Top seed Novak Djokovic and number two Roger Federer are favored to wage another title showdown in the last grand slam of 2014, although some emerging young guns have other ideas for the U.S. Open starting on Monday.