“A Monster”: Kei Nishikori Believes Roger Federer can Win More Grand Slams

Published 03/15/2021, 1:49 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the Gentlemen’s Singles final against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer recently made a comeback at the Qatar Open 2021. Fans were desperately waiting for this moment as they got to see their favorite superstar on the court after almost 13 months. Even though Federer lost in the quarters, he exhibited some great skills on the tennis court.

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In a recent interview, former World No.4 Kei Nishikori spoke about the recent comeback of Roger Federer. He called him a monster who played two great matches at the ATP Doha 2021.

“He is a monster,” began Nishikori. “In a good way. He played two solid matches, that was unexpected.”

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Kei Nishikori of Japan playa a backhand his match against Grigor Dimitrov during day five of the 2019 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Japanese star claimed that although Federer couldn’t advance to the semis of the tournament, he played some amazing tennis. He believes that only Federer is capable enough to make such a convincing comeback at 39.

“He played a pretty good game. Of course, having been one year off he was a little bit off, you know. But he still played great. Not everybody could do that,” added the US Open 2014 runner-up.

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Nishikori feels that Federer can surely make a much more convincing come back once he is fully fit. He mentioned that he would also want to play a couple of matches with him after his return. In the same interview, Nishikori also admitted that Federer still has the potential of winning more Grand Slams.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory following his Men’s Singles third round match against Lucas Pouille of France during Day six of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

“Hopefully, he can come back strong and we can play a couple of matches,’ he said. ‘I always enjoyed playing against him and I’m sure he can come back winning Slams again,” concluded the 31-year-old.

Along with Nishikori, fans also have very high expectations from the Swiss Maestro. He last won a Major in 2018 and things will get even more challenging for him after his return as he’ll turn 40 soon. Will Federer be able to win a Grand Slam title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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