Kei Nishikori reveals persistent injury concern after Monte Carlo defeat

Kei Nishikori has revealed he is still struggling with injury following his Monte Carlo Masters final defeat to Rafael Nadal.

The Japanese star only recently returned to action after a sustained injury lay-off, but looked good last week despite Nadal’s dominance in the final.

He, however, says that injuries held him back, although he added that he believes he can still prosper despite the fact he’s playing with pain for now.

“Hopefully I can have a good this clay court season,he said, “[but] my wrist is not 100% playing on clay, because hitting more spin is tougher than on hard court.

“That makes my wrist hurt little bit. I was having tough moments all this week. Well, I got to check every week, every day. It´s not 100% yet, so… I think little pains, it´s not just my wrist. It´s my hands, my arm, everywhere.

“I knew it´s going to be tough to maintain my level because he gives me all the balls back”, Nishikori admitted.

“I was out of the gas, especially second set. It was great week for me, Another tough week coming up, Barcelona.

“Many top players are playing. Not an easy week. But hope I can have one more good week again. Yeah, I think this clay season is very important for me to get a lot of points and get a lot of confidence like I did this week.