“Best Tennis”: Kei Nishikori Delighted With His Form As He Moves Into Semifinals at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/07/2021, 7:04 AM EDT
Aug 6, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has been back playing regular tennis. He is currently competing in Washington and has impressed so far with his performances. He has booked a spot in the semifinal and will be up against American player Mackenzie McDonald.

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After winning the quarterfinal match, Kei Nishikori was thrilled with his performances during this week, especially yesterday. he analyzed the match and felt he was strong right from the word go. However, he felt that he should’ve converted the breakpoint opportunities in the second set. 

Aug 6, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates after a play against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Speaking about the match, the Japanese star stated, “I played the best tennis of the week. I think the start was very good. It may have been too good. From where I led 4-0, he was able to play well.”

“In the second set, it was a close game and I got a lot of breakpoints, but it was hard to decide, so it was a bit of stressful development. But I am satisfied with how to finish the game.” (Quotes translated using Google translate)

Kei Nishikori started the season poorly

Reflecting on his season so far, Nishikori began competing in Melbourne but suffered an opening-round defeat. After that, at the French Open, he lost to Alexander Zverev in the fourth round in straight sets. Moving forward, he suffered a second-round loss at the Wimbledon Championships

Aug 6, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a backhand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

This is his first semifinal of the season and it’s great to see him playing up to his standards. He is scheduled to play his match later today. We wish both players the best of luck and may the better player win. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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