Kei Nishikori might have the chance to face world number 1 Novak Djokovic at the Rogers Cup in Montreal as the Japanese ace defeated Peter Polansky in the first round on Tuesday, before doing the same to Andreas Seppi Wednesday afternoon. His next match, which is against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, will decide if Nishikori will once again play against the Rogers Cup defending and three-time Serbian champion. The tournament is also known as the Canadian Open or Canada Masters.
Seeded ninth, Nishikori first faced Canadian Polansky and won the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. His next opponent at the Rogers Cup was Italian Seppi, whose loss from the Japanese by 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 gave Nishikori the ticket to advance in the tournament and face the 26-year old Frenchman. Gasquet is currently the world number 9 in tennis and has won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s doubles with Julien Benneteau at the 2012 Olympics .
Despite not being a favourite sport, the tennis fans and community in Japan have high expectations from the current world number 11. The 23-year old ace confessed that he is trying “not to think too much [of the pressure]” although he has aimed for higher goal for himself. “I am trying to get to be the most successful player in Asia,” Nishikori said. So far, Nishikori is Asia’s number one only followed by 29-year old Taiwanese Lu Yen-Hsun, who is ranked 60th in the world.
[via Fox News]