Wimbledon: Roger Federer distrusts Kei Nishikori, more fresh and strong
LONDON: Roger Federer create your Wimbledon opponent of quarterfinals Kei Nishikori is ready to challenge the Grand Slams after the Japanese number one seems to have found a way to reach the final stages without getting entangled in marathon matches.
For the fourth time in his career, the eighth Japanese seeded has lost a set or less on the way to the quarterfinals of a major championship.
Nishikori has slipped under the radar this fortnight, having lost just one game and having spent less than nine hours on the court.
With nothing in the tank, Nishikori won just five games against Rafael Nadal in his quarterfinals at Roland Garros last month, but Federer hopes to face a tougher prospect when he looks through the net on Wednesday.
I think it's going to be difficult, said Federer. He is getting into rooms with lots of energy.
I remember some of the slams recently that reached the last stages (...) with maybe some difficult confrontations. So far it has been very easy for him.
I think it's ready. I'm a big fan of your game. I think he has one of the best setbacks in the game we have at the moment. He is a great player of return. Mentally solid. I always thought he was a great player. talent.
Nishikori knows he has his work cut out against Federer, who is chasing his ninth Wimbledon title.
I'm sure I have to play well tennis to beat Roger, because he is the best player on the grass, said Nishikori.
I'm happy to be playing with Roger now because I think I'm in good shape now. I know it will not be easy, but I will enjoy it with security