THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Nishikori Eyes Top 10 By Year End
by ATP Staff|
“Hopefully I can finish [in the] Top 10. I'm getting close, but I feel [like] I have a lot of things to work on,” the 23 year-old Nishikori told journalists at the All England Club on Saturday. Srichaphan reached a career-high of No. 9 a decade ago.
The Bradenton resident, whose best result at Wimbledon was a third round appearance in 2012 (l. del Potro), is hoping to accumulate points by reaching the quarter-finals or semi-finals this year.
“If I can do it, it would be great,” said Nishikori, who is seeded 12th and in the same quarter as fourth seed David Ferrer and eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro. A string of victories would boost his record on grass, which currently sits at 13-14, giving him a FedEx ATP Reliability Index on the surface of 0.481.
Japan’s No. 1 begins his campaign against Australian wildcard Matthew Ebden. The pair have met once before, with Nishikori recovering from a two-sets-to-love deficit to claim victory. Ebden, ranked 110, earned a wildcard by winning his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Nottingham earlier this month.