Do you think Nishikori can become #1?

DimitrovTheGoat

Professional
Ferrer rose to #3, and Nishikori's a lot like him. I just wonder if Djokovic and Nadal being only a few years older than he is will hold him off from ever getting to #1.
 
Nishikori hasn’t done that much worse than Ferrer as is. More injury prone and less consistent but similar general level. Nishikori has been as high as #4.
 

Plamen1234

Hall of Fame
Which year and which sport?

If it is tennis, post 2018, then no
He can enter Top 10 in the neat future though.He doesnt have any points to defend until the end of the season.Dimitrov will soon drop out of Top 10 because he wont be able to defend his points at WTF and Goffin will also go down in the rankings because he wont be able to qualify for WTF.
 

Kalin

Legend
He can enter Top 10 in the neat future though.He doesnt have any points to defend until the end of the season.Dimitrov will soon drop out of Top 10 because he wont be able to defend his points at WTF and Goffin will also go down in the rankings because he wont be able to qualify for WTF.
Top 10 should be no problem. But getting to No.1 requires either winning several big titles or otherwise sustaining a very high level of year-round consistency and I just can't see Nishi doing either of these things, alas.
 

Plamen1234

Hall of Fame
Top 10 should be no problem. But getting to No.1 requires either winning several big titles or otherwise sustaining a very high level of year-round consistency and I just can't see Nishi doing either of these things, alas.
He is not getting the Number one position,this is clear.But it will be good to see him in Top 10 again.He had a lot of struggles in the last one year and half.I like Kei,I was disappointed when he lost US Open 2014 final to Cilic.Btw they could meet in the QFs. if Kei beats Kohlschreiber and Cilic beats Goffin.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
He gives up too many walkovers. Some people just don't have the genetics to go through life uninjured. Being relatively injury free (or ridiculously dominant on one surface, which Kei will never be) is a requirement to stand atop the tennis world as #1.
 
As things stand, Nishikori will be #15 next week. He could slip lower than that if one of Kohlschreiber, Millman, and Sousa were to win the US Open, but realistically, he will be no lower than #15. If he beats Kohlschreiber today, he'll be #13. If he makes the semis, he'll be #12 next week, as there is quite a big points gap between #11 (Goffin) and #12 (Fognini). For Nishikori to re-enter the top ten as soon as next week, he'd have to win the title.

In the race, however, Dimitrov is doing more poorly. Nishikori is currently #11 in the race, and he will overtake Fognini if he wins today. However, Goffin is #12 in the race, and he could overtake Nishikori either by winning today while Nishikori loses or by beating Nishikori in the quarter-finals. So, Nishikori is likely to be between 10 and 12 in the race next week. There's a big points gap between Isner (#9) and Fognini (currently #10), and so Nishikori would have to make the final here to end up higher than #10 in the race next week.

Either way, Nishikori definitely knocking on the door of a year-end top ten spot and seems likely to be at least in the top 15.
 
Never say never. The kid can move, and hit with great precision. Remarkble returner.
But to win consistently in big, long matches, Nishisan would need to make quite a bit MORE progress on his serve. I like the stance chnage he made. But the wrist and forearm positions are still so limiting. His serve is still substandard.
 

Plamen1234

Hall of Fame
As things stand, Nishikori will be #15 next week. He could slip lower than that if one of Kohlschreiber, Millman, and Sousa were to win the US Open, but realistically, he will be no lower than #15. If he beats Kohlschreiber today, he'll be #13. If he makes the semis, he'll be #12 next week, as there is quite a big points gap between #11 (Goffin) and #12 (Fognini). For Nishikori to re-enter the top ten as soon as next week, he'd have to win the title.

In the race, however, Dimitrov is doing more poorly. Nishikori is currently #11 in the race, and he will overtake Fognini if he wins today. However, Goffin is #12 in the race, and he could overtake Nishikori either by winning today while Nishikori loses or by beating Nishikori in the quarter-finals. So, Nishikori is likely to be between 10 and 12 in the race next week. There's a big points gap between Isner (#9) and Fognini (currently #10), and so Nishikori would have to make the final here to end up higher than #10 in the race next week.

Either way, Nishikori definitely knocking on the door of a year-end top ten spot and seems likely to be at least in the top 15.
He is now into the SF of US Open.De facto right now he have 2475 points.Making 12 in the ATP rankings.So entering Top 10 this year could happen and take into account that he doesnt have points to defend until the end of the year.
 
He is now into the SF of US Open.De facto right now he have 2475 points.Making 12 in the ATP rankings.So entering Top 10 this year could happen and take into account that he doesnt have points to defend until the end of the year.
Yeah, with the win today he goes to #12 in next week's rankings and to #10 in the race. Definitely in with a good shot of year-end top 10.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
He will never be #1 because he's always "injured." He'll never come close to a #1 ranking. He's neither good enough or has the required physicality.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
No. He has no serve. And he’s brittle as spaghetti in a box.
I’m sure that was a bit hyperbolic.

But it is quite surprising they couldn’t work that hitch out of his motion and get him another 5mph or so on his 1st and 2nd serves.

Probably should be a separate thread with a poll: will he win a Masters 1000?
 

Bukmeikara

Legend
Will he win a Master?
Will he win a Slam?
Will he become a number 1?

He can achieve any of these feats but as it seems, he needs to avoid Djokovic in order to blossom. If he can get a draw free from Novak, win a Master or a Slam than his confidence should help him find another gear in his game. If Kei is healthy the next 3 years, he has a nice window because most players above him are older and about to decline which is a constant repeating story since 2013 but at some point it would be true. Guys like Berdych, Tsonga, Ferrer fell down already. Dimitrov is a victim of his thinking, Raonic and Goffin of injuries. His only opposition younger or at neat his age are Thiem, Zverev, Del Potro and Cilic.

IMO he would either win a title in Shanghai or make a decent push at Australia and take a big scalp.
 

FreeBird

Legend
Nishikori is as similar to Ferrer as Dimitrov is to Lajovic.
Telling that they are similar is disrespectful to the backhand of Nishikori and the fighting spirit/grit/hardwork of Ferrer.
 
Will he win a Master?
Will he win a Slam?
Will he become a number 1?

He can achieve any of these feats but as it seems, he needs to avoid Djokovic in order to blossom. If he can get a draw free from Novak, win a Master or a Slam than his confidence should help him find another gear in his game. If Kei is healthy the next 3 years, he has a nice window because most players above him are older and about to decline which is a constant repeating story since 2013 but at some point it would be true. Guys like Berdych, Tsonga, Ferrer fell down already. Dimitrov is a victim of his thinking, Raonic and Goffin of injuries. His only opposition younger or at neat his age are Thiem, Zverev, Del Potro and Cilic.

IMO he would either win a title in Shanghai or make a decent push at Australia and take a big scalp.
I'm looking for him to win both Metz and Tokyo and then go deep in the remaining masters tournaments. Hopefully, that's sufficient to get him back to the WTF Finals which would be a great achievement for him.
 

ewiewp

Hall of Fame
He has all the athletic talents to be #1.

But realistically he simply needs to be taller and stronger.
Other than that, what an enormous talent.
 
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