Tennis legend Roger Federer has encouraged All Japan news’s new tennis star Kei Nishikori to achieve his potential and go for the Top 10 next year.
Nishikori, who was the youngest player to reach Top 100 three years ago, is currently number 24 in the world, his personal best. He climbed in the hierarchy after reaching semi-finals at the Shanghai Masters and the final at the Basel tournament.
21-years old Nishikori beat world’s number one Novak Djokovici and former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych at Basel, before losing in the final against Federer.
"I knew he had great potential from the first time I hit with him when he was 17," Federer said. "I always saw a very talented player in front of me every time I played with Kei.”
Federer also said he was confident that it is only a matter of time before Nishikori’s career takes a rapid way up. "I’m sure he’s going to be a wonderful player," Federer said. "Only the future will tell if he’s going to move into the top 10 or top five.
Swiss Roger Federer holds a record 16 Grand Slam titles and is widely seen as the greatest player in the history of tennis.