Nishikori says injury better but 'not 100 percent'

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 7:19 am •  Published: May 24, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Tenth-ranked Kei Nishikori's hurt left hip is not completely healed, but he said Saturday that it "should be OK" for the start of the French Open.

The first Japanese player to reach the ATP's top 10 told The Associated Press at Roland Garros that treatment he received for the injury while recuperating last week at home in Florida helped.

"It's getting better," Nishikori said. "It's obviously not 100 percent yet, but ... it should be OK."

The 24-year-old Nishikori was forced to pull out of the final of the clay-court Madrid Open against Rafael Nadal on May 11 because of the hip, ending a 14-match winning streak that included a title on clay at the Barcelona Open.

Nishikori won the first set against Nadal and then was leading 4-2 in the second when the pain came. Nishikori continued to play for a while, but stopped after dropping seven games in a row to drop the second set and trail 3-0 in the third.

Afterward, Nishikori said he had been "playing almost (the) best tennis in my life" at the outset of that match against Nadal, an eight-time champion at the French Open.