Having trained at Bradenton in Florida for the last ten years and more, world number six Kei Nishikori feels at home in Floridan tennis conditions. That's why he's approaching the Miami Open in such good heart. Having made the quarters at the BNP Paribas Open, he hopes that the conditions 'at home' will suit him better.
He has talked about the higher bounce, and a bit of altitude in Indian Wells, feeling the balls flies that little bit more there. Less so in southern Florida, and like many golf pros who are brought up on seaside courses, he doesn't even mind the likelihood of a bit of wind in Miami, as these are now his home-town conditions. We wait to see how he goes in what could be a terrific year for him.