20 April 2018: Kei Nishikori (English)
Friday, 20 April 2018
K. NISHIKORI/M. Cilic
6-4, 6-7, 6-3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How would you assess your performance today?
KEI NISHIKORI: Every match I think I’m improving. Today was tough match. He was playing very good, especially second set. He was playing aggressive, early, serving well.
It wasn’t easy match. Yeah, mentally little bit tough in the second. Lost three match point. He was starting playing better again.
Wasn’t easy match, but happy to finish like this.
Q. You played him in the final of the US Open. Now you’re in the process getting back to that level. At what stage of this process do you think you are?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, this week has been pretty good. It’s first tournament on clay. I always love to play on clay court. You feel like you on the road again.
I been feeling pretty good. I think every match is getting closer and closer.
Q. Did you set any goals for yourself this year in terms of achievements or playing?
KEI NISHIKORI: Not really. I try to play good tennis every week. Hope I can come back to top 10 as soon as possible. That’s my goal, for sure, this year or next year.
Yeah, I think it’s going to take some time still. But, yeah, happy to be back on semifinal here in Masters. I feel like I’ve been playing well this week. Yeah, hopefully I can get to top 10 as soon as I can.
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