Kei Nishikori grateful for ATP Finals chance, but admits he still plays with pain

Kei Nishikori smiling

Kei Nishikori says that he is grateful to be at the ATP Finals after admitting he is still not yet quite over his injury problems.

The Japanese star has battled his way back into the top ten with a very strong final quarter of the season, but only qualified for the ATP Finals due to Juan Martin del Potro’s withdrawal with injury.

“It was a little bit lucky because I was not in the top 8”, Nishikori said.

“However, I am very happy. The first goal this year was to break the top 10.

“I played a very good tennis, especially for two or three months. Especially in Vienna and Paris, quite a convincing tennis.”

Nishikori suffered with wrist problems at at the start of the year, and he says it is still something that worries him.

“Some days are better some days less.

“But there are just a few signs or pain, it almost disappeared. Recently, I think that it is becoming a pain-free body.”

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