‘Kei Nishikori Better Than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 | 0
(photo: chronicle.augusta)

(photo: chronicle.augusta)


Who’s the best player on the ATP World Tour? You might either say Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. But, someone’s got a different choice altogether.

Shuzo Matsuoka, the former coach of World No. 5 Kei Nishikori, believes that his erstwhile apprentice is the best tennis player right now; to the extent that he is a superior player than Djokovic or Nadal.

“Kei is hitting the ball harder and controlling opponents more than last year,” Matsuoka told AFP. “He has a decent chance of winning the French Open. He’s knocking on the door, for certain.

“I’m not being biased but he plays better tennis than Djokovic or Nadal.”

Nishikori, 25, reached the peak of his career last year when he stormed into the finals of the United States Open, before losing out to eventual champion Marin Cilic.

But, Matsuoka feels that something bigger awaits Nishikori.

“It’s only a matter of time before Kei wins a Grand Slam. If he wins one, he could go on to win a bunch.”

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