Kei Nishikori: “Alcaraz is trying to do like Roger Federer”

During a recent interview with Shingo Kunieda, former world number four Kei Nishikori talked about so many issues. From his condition to the young talents of the ATP Tour and a comparison that makes Italian fans dream.

During 2021, Kei tried to improve but he found himself facing several obstacles and started talking like this: “It is impossible to change my tennis drastically. All I can and must do is try to improve my weapons, perhaps trying to play. with a faster pace than the others.”

During his career Kei Nishikori has faced Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, adding up, even on 31 occasions. Against the current number one in the world he has played 20 matches, winning only on two occasions, namely in Basel in 2011 and above all at the US Open in 2014.

Kei Nishikori on Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz

During the interview Nishikori also talked about two of the most interesting talents on the ATP Tour, namely the young Italian talent Jannik Sinner and the most promising 18 year-old Spanish Carlos Alcaraz.

About them Kei made a really important comparison: “Every tennis player has their own specific game, but I notice that Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner want to try to do like Roger Federer, they have an aggressive game and their goal is to take stock. It is different than Djokovic, Zverev and Medvedev who work mainly on the defensive.”

Jannik Sinner’s season was very positive: the young South Tyrolean tennis player, only 20 years and two months old, made his entry into the Top Ten and thanks to the victory in a match at the ATP Finals (where he entered thanks to the injury of Matteo Berrettini) he finished in tenth place in the circuit.

Sinner won several tournaments (his first ATP 500 in Washington) and reached the final in the Masters 1000 in Miami where he surrendered only to the Pole Hubert Hurkacz. Both Sinner and Alcaraz are considered young talents and indeed they are identified as the main tennis players among the young people in circulation able to remain full-time among the best in the world.

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