Kei Nishikori reacts to losing to Alexander Zverev in Madrid

Top-ranked Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori suffered a defeat in straight sets against Alexander Zverev but still he was happy with the way he performed against the former world No. 3.

Nishikori, ranked at No. 43 in the world, won only a total of five games against world No. 6 Zverev as the German won 6-3 6-2. 

“I played at a high level today, I was a bit confident at the beginning,” Nishikori said, as revealed by Seiadoumogera. 

“But he played even better than me the whole time. I should have held my service games, but balls fly too much and (his) serve is faster on the surface here, and the court was small today, it was difficult, especially to return.”

Nishikori was again handed a tough draw 

Nishikori saved a total of four break points in the second game, before earning the first break of the match in the fifth game. 

After taking a 3-2 lead, Nishikori’s game shut down as Zverev claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener.

Nishikori served out the first game of the second set to stop Zverev’s run but he again suffered a break in the third game.

After claiming a break in the third game, Zverev routinely held on to his serve and claimed another break in the seventh game to wrap up a straight-set win. 

“It’s not easy for me, I always play tough opponents like former champion of the event (Nadal in Barcelona, Zverev in Madrid), feel like I’m a bit unlucky. Just believe my chance will come some day and keep going,” Nishikori acknowledged.

Nishikori will also play the Rome Masters before he kicks off his campaign at the French Open. 

“I’m not planning to play ATP 250 after Rome, I’d not say that will never happen, but don’t have the plan at the moment,” Nishikori added. 

So far this clay season, Nishikori made the round-of-16 at the Barcelona Open and suffered a second round defeat at the Madrid Masters.

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