RAKUTEN OPEN 2013
Nishikori Doesn't Feel Pressure; Del Potro, Tsonga Play On 'ATP Sunday'
by Tournament Staff|
"My goal is to win the tournament in consecutive years,” said Nishikori on Sunday. “I trained hard and got physically and mentally ready by playing in the Davis Cup tie against Argentina. There isn’t any pressure.
"I will play with great care early in the tournament, but I am playing with good rhythm on my serve and return.” Nishikori, who recently spent time with his family in Shimane, will face Jurgen Melzer in the first round.
The Japanese hope played Gael Monfils on ‘ATP Sunday’, the traditional curtain-raiser at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Tokyo, when a number of star players contest practice sets at the Ariake Coliseum.
Del Potro said, “Tokyo is a long way from home, but everyone is making me feel welcome. My flights took 37 hours, with a four-hour stopover in London, so I feel tired. But I am happy to be here and would like to thank the tournament for giving me a wild card. I will try and play good tennis.”
Tsonga plays good friend Monfils in the first round on Monday. Monfils said, “It is good to be back and 100 per cent fit. It will be a tough match against a Top 10 player and friend. Hopefully it will be a good match.”
The Japan Tennis Association (JTA) invited 300 people from Fukushima, the area affected by an earthquake and nuclear disaster in March 2011, to attend 'ATP Sunday'. To cover their travel expenses to Tokyo, the JTA will donate part of the profits from the tournament.
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