Kei Nishikori is pleased with the progress he's
made with his tennis under the guidance of former grand slam event
champion Michael Chang.
The 1989 French Open winner has been onside in
the Nishikori camp this season and has helped the Florida-based Japanese
No. 1 to the fourth round at two of the three majors in 2014 and pushed
his ranking close to the top 10.
While Chang is not the only coach for Nishikori,
acting in more of an active advisory role, the weight of his opinion and
his influence appear to be having the desired effect on the youngster's
"It's been great. Already it's six or seven
months," said Nishikori. ""I love how he coaches me. My tennis is also
changing. You see my ranking is much higher than last year. So,
obviously his help is something, for sure. I love how we are doing
together right now."
Nishikori believes that the Asian link is
somehow key, but not so important as the style points which the pair of
smaller men have in common,
"It's not because we are Asian, but we are kind
of the same in the way we play," he said. "He wasn't the biggest guy on
tour. He knows how I should play. But maybe also mentally he can
understand a little more the Japanese way. He's teaching me to be
mentally strong. He's very positive always. You know, I love his