May 27, 2018 / 6:32 PM / 3 months ago

Tennis: Nishikori feeling great and has hopes for Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - Japan’s Kei Nishikori knows what he needs to go deep in the French Open — but it may be easier said than done.

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 27, 2018 Japan's Kei Nishikori in action during his first round match against France's Maxime Janvier REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“You’ve got to be really focused... and also you’ve got to relax at the same time, you know?” he smiled after beating French wildcard Maxime Janvier 7-6(0) 6-4 6-3 on Sunday.

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 27, 2018 France's Maxime Janvier in action during his first round match against Japan's Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Providing he can master the seemingly contradictory feat, the 19th seed believes he is in great shape to maybe even go one better than the runners-up spot he achieved at the U.S. Open in 2014.

“I’m feeling almost perfect. I think I had a good preparation, and I had a good couple of matches before coming here,” he told reporters on Sunday.

“So I’m feeling, yeah, great body-wise, and also tennis-wise, too. “Yeah, I’ve got to stay mentally strong... You know, two weeks is not a short time.”

Editing by Clare Fallon

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