From starting his comeback campaign on the ATP Challenger Tour to finishing at the Nitto ATP Finals, here is the story of Kei Nishikori's 2018 season...
Kei's Comeback

Fans and Japanese media come out in force to see Nishikori in his first match following a five-month injury layoff. Though he loses his opener at the Newport Beach Challenger, Nishikori draws positives: "Wrist was fine. I just need more time to get used to more matches." More...

Making Progress

Just one week later, Nishikori makes his return to the winners' circle, dropping only one set en route to the ATP Challenger Tour title in Dallas. More...

Back On Tour
Kei keeps on winning, as he transitions from the Challengers to the ATP World Tour. In his first tour-level event since August 2017, he reaches the semi-finals at the New York Open before falling to eventual champion Kevin Anderson. More...
Soaring In Monte-Carlo
Nishikori makes a hard-fought run to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters final, including back-to-back wins over World No. 3 Marin Cilic and No. 4 Alexander Zverev. After he is stopped by 11-time champion Rafael Nadal, he says, "I think I'm almost there, [at my top level]." More...
Continuing On Clay
Nishikori snaps a three-match losing streak in Rome, where he ousts World No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov en route to the quarter-finals, and follows with a Round of 16 run at Roland Garros.
History Maker
In his 10th appearance at Wimbledon, Nishikori makes history becoming the first man from Japan to reach the quarter-finals at all four Grand Slams. More...
Shining At Slams
As the summer continues, Nishikori continues to shine at the majors. In a US Open rematch against Marin Cilic, whom he lost to in the 2014 final, he recovers from 2-6, 2-4 down to prevail in five sets and reach the semi-finals. More...
500 Finals
On his Tokyo homecoming, Nishikori does not drop a set en route to the title match. A few weeks later, he reaches another ATP World Tour 500 final in Vienna, including a quarter-final win over Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem.
Reason To Sing
Starting with his run at the US Open, Kei boosts his bid for a place at the Nitto ATP Finals. He reaches the quarter-finals or better at six straight tournaments to cap off the regular ATP World Tour season. More...
Kei's Climb
From a low of World No. 39 in April, the former World No. 4 ensures he will finish in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings in 2018. Kei is recognised with a nomination for Comeback Player of the Year. Read...
London Calling

Nishikori takes his place in the elite eight-player field at the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time since 2014. He makes an impressive start to the season finale as he opens round-robin action with a straight-sets win over six-time champion Roger Federer. Read...