“I’m back to a great level again,” Kei Nishikori warns rivals ahead of homecoming

Kei Nishikori celebrates

Kei Nishikori has warned his rivals he is back to his very best again following injuries, as he prepares for the Japan Open.

The Japanese star had to end his 2017 season in August as he dealt with a wrist injury.

He reached the US Open semi-finals last month though to announce he was back in form after an admittedly struggling to rediscover his rhythm, and he’s now eager to make up for lost time.

“I think I’m right there,” Nishikori told the ATP.

“Getting to the semi-final of the US Open, I have to be 100 per cent. So I think I’m back at a great level again.

“I just have to keep 100 per cent every tournament, every match, and just keep being positive, keep my confidence there, and just enjoy playing the matches.”

“When I was playing the first couple tournaments, Challengers and [ATP World Tour] 250s, I was struggling, of course.

“I couldn’t feel the rhythm and didn’t have any confidence. I knew it was going to take some time.

“It took a little while to get my confidence back, playing 100 per cent again. But finally I had some good results.

“I’m really happy with what I’m doing this year even though I had a tough first couple of months after coming back from injury.

“Now I’m playing pretty good tennis, a pretty good level again. So I’m really happy I’m back in shape again.”

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