Kei Nishikori still confuses me! When he made the final of the US Open in 2014 this seemed like the start however it hasn’t kicked off. Injuries have played a big part in his career haltering his progress however is there only so much you can put down to injuries? Just look at Juan Martin Del Potro, no-one would have thought he’d return as he has but he’s always been a determined player and of course everyone’s bodies are different!
I watched a lot of Kei during the week in Monte Carlo as he saw off Seppi, Rublev, Cilic and Zverev winning against two top 10 ranked players which is 1 win more than he secured against top 10 players in the whole of last year.
I’ve always found it difficult to emotionally get involved with Kei’s matches. The feeling I got during the week was;
– he looked injured
– fed up, dis-interested, tired
I can’t work Kei out at all.
Because of the inconsistencies, injuries and a big factor for me is his presence on court I don’t see him as a contender and I don’t think he is physically there right now and a run to Monte-Carlo final in only his second appearance there should be full of positives and praise but instead has raised more questions.