Kei Nishikori enjoyed his best year in 2016 and is hoping to build on that come next year 2017, making it a grand slam breakthrough year.
The fifth-ranking tennis player won an ATP title, an Olympic bronze, and won a career high 58 games, however he couldn’t win one grand slam.
“A year that I won most matches does carry some significance but what is important is how much I can win at big tournaments,” Nishikori was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency.
“Result-wise this has been my best year. I’ve played well against the top-10 players and have been winning against the likes of [Rafa] Nadal and [Andy] Murray, who I couldn’t beat before.
“I’m making fewer mistakes as I get older. I hope to keep building, bit-by-bit.”
Nishikori kicked off his year by reaching the last eight at the Australian Open before winning his only title of the year at the Memphis Open.
However, his results at the French Open and Wimbledon were less impressive as he failed to make it beyond the fourth round at either event.