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Nishikori Is Gaining Confidence In Coach Chang







Kei Nishikori is showing the confidence he has gained from his coaching arrangement with Michael Chang. The Japanese No. 1 began his summer hardcourt campaign at Washington over Sam Querrey 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 and says that working with 1989 French Open winner Chang has boosted his game overall. The winner of 2014 titles in Memphis and Barcelona said: "I have more confidence now to play the top guys.

""I feel very strong. Physically I'm OK, I had a great two weeks of training. Everything is ready for the US Open. My serve is getting better, more strong and more high percentage and also groundstrokes, I'm a little more aggressive than before. It's a little of everything. I need to work on a couple more things to get better.

"I'll try to use more forehand, try to step in more, look to go to the net. We work on a lot of stuff. I'm stronger on the court."

Nishikori, still has to prove himself against the ATP elite, standing 2-2 against Roger Federer and 1-1 against top-ranked Novak Djokovic. He is 0-7 in his series with Rafael Nadal. "I'm happy to be in this ranking situation (but) my goal is not the top 10. Trying to go further," said the No. 11. "The US Open is coming up. If I could get quarter-finals, semi-finals, that would be great."


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