Nishikori happy with start to year
After making the final in Brisbane, the Japanese is happy with his preparations coming into the Australian Open and is targeting a run to the quarterfinals.
Nishikori said, "yeah, it was a great run last week in Brisbane. First time to get a final. So I'm really happy with my start of the year."
"Have a tough first round. Try to play one match at a time. Yeah, hope I can make to the second week."
Nishikori: "Goal is to win a Grand Slam"
Nishikori who has been inside the world's top ten for more than three years without challenging for a major title is hoping to break that duck and capture a Grand Slam title.
“It's been three years now maybe to be in top 10. Well, I got really mentally strong. I think I'm more consistent and much more mature for everything, you know, even off the court, on the court too,” he said.
“That's what I believe in myself. I hope I can get a Grand Slam title sometime.
“I haven't got a big title yet, even the Masters tournaments. That's something that I need for my confidence and experience.
“My goal this year is to win a big tournament.”
Nishikori is "Feeling Fantastic"
Following a minor injury in the Brisbane Final, Nishikori enters Melbourne in a positive mindset quashing any fears about his fitness, which has been an issue for a number of years.
"Yeah, feeling pretty good. I had a good off-season. I rest a lot before I do the training session. Had a good off-season, you know. Good training, good practising. I thought I, you know, started well this year." Nishikori said.
“Good training, good practising. I thought I, you know, started well this year."
He then went on and added, "So, yeah, it's going to be really important how I do here to get a lot of confidence for start of the season. Yeah, feeling pretty good after I hurt in Brisbane in the final, but I feeling pretty good."
Kei Nishikori is to play Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round on the opening Monday of the tournament.