SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 12, 2019) (TENNIS AUSTRALIA - FOR NEWS PURPOSES ONLY.
NO RESALES) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KEI NISHIKORI SAYING: "Hopefully I can go further, that's going to be my goal this year, to do better in the Grand Slams and in this one I hope I can go further than the quarter final.
I had to do many things, I had to keep doing the training, I have to be healthy through these two weeks." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KEI NISHIKORI SAYING: "I feel like I'm not the best yet.
I checked my serve again and my return, I tried to do everything and I'm feeling great now so I'm happy to be playing better again and happy to play with the high level players." STORY: Former U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan has had a good run in the leadup to the Australian Open, defeating Daniil Medvedev in the Brisbane International final on Sunday (January 6) for his first ATP title in nearly three years.
Three times a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park, Nishikori missed last year's Australian Open with a wrist injury and hopes he can progress further this year.
"That's going to be my goal this year, to do better in the Grand Slams, all the Grand Slams," the 2014 U.S. Open finalist said.
"This one, hope I can go farther than quarter-final."