May 27 2014, 10:40am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Kei Nishikori entered a dip in his playing style that caused him to lose out in the first round at the French Open. It was obvious that his back was hurting badly from a recent injury and it played its part in the dismal performance.
A year back he was the first Japanese male to have reached the fourth round at the momentous event. However, at the start of this week, he seemed to lack form and was struggling to make it through the shots and volleys.
Soon Slovakia’s Martin Klizan defeated him thoroughly. About 30 days ago, Nishikori won the Barcelona match which took place on a clay court.
But later on his back injury got the best of him and he was off on a sabbatical to recuperate from the lumbar wound. He was at #10 on a global level and appeared to be in a labyrinth of losing on Monday as the temperatures dropped on the clay court.
Klizan, who is a leftie, took on Nishikori with verve and vitality. He played his cards right on court and won easily. It took a bit of effort but soon Klizan was off to a final victory.
He thrashed Nishikori with relative ease. The defeat left Kei in a depressed mood and he was downcast when the match ended. Nishikori will face a reprisal of his role again after some time has passed.
He later reported that besides his back injury he also was having issues with his hip bone. The match went as it should have and ended in disappointment since Nishikori was ill-prepared for it.
The world of tennis has seen such great superstars like Serena Williams face injuries despite being on top. Thus it comes as no surprise that Nishikori, who had been concerned about his health, ended up losing out badly in front of the crowd of onlookers.
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