Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori is now competing at the Miami Open 2021, his first ATP Masters 1000 event appearance since the 2019 Madrid Masters. However, the former World No.4 revealed his desire to reach before the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer hanging on his racquet.
Nishikori reached finals at the 2014 Madrid Masters, 2016 Toronto Masters, and Miami Masters and 2018 Monte Carlo Masters so far, but he has not claimed a masters crown.
In the recent interview with Tennis Professionals’ Association, the 2014 US Open runner-up shared his Masters event memories, favourite matches, dream match, and venue.
“Before He(Roger) Retires, I Want To Play Him A Couple More Times”: Kei Nishikori
Following a nearly 13 months hiatus, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner recently made his comeback at the Qatar Open 2021, where he fell in the quarterfinal to eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Having withdrawn from the Dubai Tennis championship and Miami Masters, Federer is now preparing himself stronger and harder to make a meaningful comeback. On the other hand, debates still are going over his career span.
However, when asked about his dream match at a Masters 1000, Kei replied that he would like to play with none other than his idol Roger Federer.
The 31-years-old Florida resident continued, “I would play Roger because he is my idol. If we can play a couple more times, it would be great because it is just fun to play against him.”
Nishikori also emphasised that his favourite player will be available in the international tennis circuit for more than two years.
“You get many experiences from [playing] him. I am sure he is going to play a couple more years. Before he retires, I want to play him a couple more times. A final would be great,” the Japanese added.
Federer and Nishikori have faced each other four times at the Masters 1000 events, while they equal(2-2) in their head-to-head series.