Roger Federer admired Kei Nishikori further on his tough against him; Federer said that his next opponent was handled with the same aplomb as one of his classy groundstrokes.
He in question was Kei Nishikori, who will play against Federer in a fourth-round night match on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena.
The 35-year-old Swiss tennis player said that “I’m a big fan of his game. He’s got one of the best backhands out there. I love how he can crush it down the line or cross-court. He’s got wonderful second serve returns.”
“He’s fast on his legs. Strong in his mind. I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm; he’s tough to stop.”
Federer said that he needs another strong service game if he likely to give some trouble to Nishikori.
“This one’s going to be completely different to Tomas … there’s going to be more rallies, even though the surface remains fast. I said it at the beginning of the week; it’s not easy to control the ball. Today again, when you serve well, it pays dividends. I hope I can keep that up against Kei,” he said.
When asked if Nishikori should be considered the favorite since No. 5 seeding, he said “Yeah, sure, he’s the favorite. Maybe. I don’t know.”
The 27-years-old Japanese tennis player Nishikori said he watched some of the Federer-Berdych matches “Roger, it’s a big challenge for me. I’m just happy to play him because I think we needed him on the tour. Happy to see him back 100 percent,” Nishikori said.