• Kyodo


Kei Nishikori said compatriot and tennis star Naomi Osaka will only grow stronger from the experience of having her Tokyo Olympics prematurely ended by Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the third round.

Nishikori, who overcame Marcos Giron of the United States in the second round in three sets on Tuesday evening, said the pressure weighed heavily on him when he made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games, and he had nothing like the responsibility and profile Osaka carried as the lighter of the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony.

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