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May 7, 2016

Kei Nishikori

Madrid, Spain

N. DJOKOVIC/K. Nishikori

6-3, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Kei, sorry for your loss there. As a match, we really enjoyed it. Do you feel happy with your performance? Do you think you could you have taken it to a third set?
KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I thought I had the third set. I started really well, I think. I was dictating a lot with my forehand and playing aggressive, played what I wanted.

But just one game he played really well. He hits very deep. Maybe some of the shot I made some mistake, but only few shots. Maybe few points first set and also second set.

Yeah, maybe I had to make some adjustment, but still, I played a good two sets. It is disappointing, but, you know, it's not like losing 6-1, 6-1. I look forward to play next week.

Q. At the end of the second set when maybe you were feeling a bit nervous missing the match points, did you feel you could turn it around or still a bit too tough?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, I think he started playing better in the second set. After winning first set he was I think more relax and he was hitting better shots.

Until 5-3 I think he gets a little bit tight. Yeah, I mean, I saw a little bit chance to go in third set. Yeah, maybe in the tiebreak I little bit get tight, too, also, with the wind and everything.

Yeah, it's shame, because I had some chance first and second set, too. But, yeah, I learned many things today.

Q. With the French Open now just a fortnight away, where do you really rate your clay court chances of going a long way at Roland Garros?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, yeah, I'm feeling really good on clay. I think today's match was much closer than Miami's final against Novak, so I'm, yeah, looking forward to play French.

Yeah, I think I been having good week. In Barcelona lost to Rafa close, and also today I saw some chance, too. So try to look up and I hope I have another good week next week. Hopefully I can do well in French.

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