The US Open is a place of contrasting emotions for Kei Nishikori. In 2014 he became the first Asian-born man to reach the final of a grand slam when he lost the finale at Flushing Meadows. A year later he returned with high hopes only to be knocked out in the first round. It was a tough time for the 26-year-old, but it's one he has learned from.
Speaking after his second round win over Austin Krajicek at the Australian Open, Nishikori admitted that his failure in New York had been hard to stomach.
"Yeah, it was a tough loss, in Grand Slam especially," he said.
"I didn't play quite well after that, but I start playing better in London and had a good off-season.
"I thought I had good preparation in Brisbane and here last week, so I think I'm ready to play again this year."
Looking ahead to his campaign at Melbourne Park, the Japanese ace said he was feeling confident.
"It's great to have two matches with me now. It's a great start. I think I played good tennis in these two matches. So, yeah, really looking forward these two weeks."
Nishikori will play either 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or German qualifier Daniel Brands in the last 32.