There’s a saying that nothing can stop a determined man from reaching his goals, and Kei Nishikori is bent on proving that. The 24-year old Japanese tennis player breezed to the third round of the Barcelona Open after being out for three weeks due to an injury.
The fourth-seeded Nishikori seemed to have recovered from a groin injury after he beat the 45th-ranked Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut with 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in just two hours. He was very confident entering the match, as he prepared for it by playing on clay a week before in Florida. He said, “I played well in the first and third set and he was more aggressive in the second, I couldn’t do anything. There was a bit of a momentum shift in the third set.” Adding that he was very pleased with most of his performance in his match against Agut.
Ranked 17th in the world, Nishikori handed Novak Djokovic an easy finals slot when he withdrew from their semifinals game in the Miami Masters after suffering a groin injury. On the other hand, his best performance in Barcelona is a quarterfinals slot. Nishikori intends to top that as he continues training with his coach, Michael Chang. His next match is against Kazakhstan player Andrey Golubev.
[via Channel News Asia]
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