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Kei Nishikori: "The good thing of Davis Cup is that it is not about me, it's about the team."

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Kei Nishikori is the leader of the Japanese Davis Cup team. He began to play in 2008 and has so far racked up 17 victories and 3 defeats in singles and 3-0 in doubles.

What's your first memory of Davis Cup?

The first time I played it was in India, I was seventeen or eighteen years old, I was very nervous because it was my first time. Leading the team, playing for my country, it was a big pleasure but it was something different than when I've played on tour. It was a very good experience.

And which is your best memory?

There are many... We played many play offs that we won with very close matches. The good thing of Davis Cup is that it is not about me, it's about the team. Some of my teammates played very well and I got good motivation from them and it carried on to my turn so that's a good thing about Davis Cup.

Which are your feelings when you're part of a team?

I used to be very pressured but in the last couple of years I really enjoy playing Davis Cup, I play more freely and I really like to play Davis Cup.

What does it mean for your country to be in the Davis Cup Madrid Finals?

It's very important for everybody in my team. Everybody gets a different experience and you can get more confidence playing Davis Cup, everybody is fired up. It's fun to play.

"Everybody in the team is fired up for being in the Davis Cup Madrid Finals"

What do you expect from your country’s fans in Madrid?

Everybody is excited to play because this year is the first time with the new format, the city is nice, the Japan team is getting stronger. Hopefully they'll come to Madrid.

Which is your favourite place in Madrid?

I don't know much of the city. I know a couple of restaurants, Spanish and Japanese restaurants. I hope I can have time to go to see the city but, you know, I may have to focus on tennis so I may not have time to go to the city.

Which is your favourite Spanish food?

I like so many things... paella, the croquettes and prosciutto.

Complete this sentence: 'If I win the Davis Cup I will...'

If I win the Davis Cup I will go to an island with the team.


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