Nishikori confident of carrying his ATP form in Davis Cup

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) Japan's highest ranked player Kei Nishikori is all geared up for his first Davis Cup tie which starts from April 11 against India but said the expectations make him a little nervous coming in to the tournament.

''I am a little nervous but it is always like this when you are playing for your country,'' Nishikori told mediapersons during his team's practise sessions at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) here today.

Nishikori, a Florida resident, recently defeated James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships to become the first Japanese ATP singles titlist since Shuzo Matsuoko won Seoul in 1992.

But the 18-year-old lad is confident that the pressure will not affect his performance and it will be a close tie against some of the experienced players of India.

''There's not much of pressure but I am practising hard and look to do well here.

''Obviously, Paes and Bhupathi are very good in doubles but we are happy with our practice and are keen to do well against them (India),'' he added.

Nishikori, who joined his team's practise sessions today only, declined when asked if he will play in doubles against India.

''No I will not play in doubles, I will only play in singles,'' he answered.

Nishikori has a strong serve and his great forehand play adds to his armoury. But he seemed a little worried about playing on grass courts and said it is the clay and hard courts where he enjoys playing more.

''I like playing on clay and hard courts. On grass I last played almost three years ago. But hopefully, I'll get a some good practice before the tie.

''I enjoy serving but I am still working on it and it is getting even better,'' he added.

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