Kei Nishikori shares thoughts on Novak Djokovic still being strong force at 35

Kei Nishikori shares his thoughts on Novak Djokovic still being a powerful force at 35

Kei Nishikori says he is not surprised that Novak Djokovic is a strong force on the ATP Tour even at the age of 35. Djokovic, who turned 35 in May, had a very challenging season but still managed to win two major titles.

After being denied entry into the Australian Open and Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, Djokovic went on to win the Rome Masters and Wimbledon. “Djokovic has a solid playing style and given his talent, I’m not surprised he can still play at this level,” Nishikori told Wowowtennis.

Nishikori hopes to return soon

Nishikori, 32, has not played a match this season.

In January, Nishikori underwent hip surgery. Nishikori has struggled with various injuries throughout his career and now only hopes he stays healthy when he returns. “When I’m mentally overwhelmed I stop everything, stop rehab, stop training and tennis, try to refresh myself.

When I feel like I’m ready I’ll try my best, but when I’m struggling and can’t find a way I try to get away from it all for a while anyway. I’ve had major injuries several times, this experience helps me. I wouldn’t say I don’t feel rushed at all, but I think now I can adjust the schedule nicely.

Hope it’s the last injury, I’m a bit tired of rehab. I try to take this opportunity to take care of many other parts of my body as well.”

Announcing hip replacement surgery, Nishikori revealed he would likely be sidelined for six months.

Eight months have passed since Nishikori’s surgery and he has not returned. Nishikori was due to play at next week’s Winston-Salem Open, but he returned his main draw wildcard to the tournament. But Nishikori still hasn’t pulled out of the US Open and there’s still a chance we’ll see the Japanese at the US Open, which starts on August 29.

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