Japan’s Kei Nishikori captured the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas this past weekend, downing American Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-4 in the final on Saturday.
Nishikori, who is still working his way back from injuries, lost in the first-round of an ATP Challenger event two weeks ago. He responded this past week in Dallas to win his first title at any level since the Memphis Open in 2016.
The former U.S. Open finalist now prepares for his return to the ATP Tour, which will be on Long Island at NYCB LIVE home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the inaugural New York Open next week.
“I played these two challenger weeks to get matches and am very happy with my progress,” Nishikori said on Twitter. “I feel good and this week was important for my confidence.”
Nishikori and his coach, Michael Chang, both indicated that the goal of the last couple of weeks was to make sure his body, in particular his wrist, felt good after playing some matches, and not necessarily collect wins.
The former World No. 4 is one of the headliners for next week’s New York Open.