Japanese Nishikori nervous about Davis Cup debut

April 8th, 2008 - 9:53 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Talented Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori will make his Davis Cup debut against India in the upcoming tie and the teenager admitted Tuesday he is having some butterflies in his stomach before the first match. The 18-year-old had already tasted the pressure of representing his country at the Asian Hopman Cup in Bangkok last year.

“I am a little bit nervous but it is always a different experience to represent your country. A month ago, I came to know that I am a part of the Davis Cup team,” Nishikori told reporters after Japan’s practice session here at the National Sports Club of India courts.

Nishikori though is not a greenhorn and has displayed immense potential in a short span. He stormed into the limelight in February when he became the first Japanese player to win an ATP event in 16 years as he shocked James Blake in the Delray Beach International final.

The victory against then World No. 12 Blake gave Nishikori a huge jump in the ATP singles rankings from 244th spot to 118th. The Japanese added another feather to his cap recently when he underwent a weeklong practice stint with World No. 1 Roger Federer.

However, what is concerning Nishikori before the Davis Cup encounter against India is the surface on which the tie will be played.

“I do not have much experience of playing in grass courts. I last played on grass three years back in Junior Wimbledon. Moreover, I landed here yesterday straight from New Jersey and didn’t get enough practice in the grass surface today,” said Nishikori.

The young Japanese has got a strong serve in his repertoire and feels that it is getting better. “I am focussing on my serve which is getting better and better.

Nishikori informed that he would play only the singles and not the doubles.

Nishikori does not have any complaints about the weather here, which according to him is the same as Florida, his present base.

“I come from Florida and the weather there is exactly the same as here at this time of the year.”

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