Nishikori confident heading into new season

Tue Jan 6, 2015 5:35am EST
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By Julian Linden

BRISBANE (Reuters) - For Kei Nishikori, one of the rising stars of men's tennis, the start of the new year could not come quick enough.

The 25-year-old Japanese finished 2014 in a blaze of glory, reaching the final of the U.S. Open, the semi-finals of the season-ending championships in London and climbing to a career best ranking of fifth.

His stellar performances last year have boosted his confidence and given him the spur to go on to bigger and better things in 2015.

"I have more confidence than before," he told reporters at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

"I won two tournaments after the U.S. Open and played great in London too. So, I had a great season last year and I had a great preparation in Florida this off-season."

Nishikori will launch his new season in Brisbane on Wednesday against American Steve Johnson. As the second seed, Nishikori was given a first round bye and is itching to get back on court.

"I think I am doing really well," he said. "I think these first couple of tournaments of the year are very important for me to gain little more confidence.

"This is really exciting moment for me."   Continued...

Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts during his semi-final tennis match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville