Lu: Kei has motivated Asians

Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu says Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has given other Asian stars hope that they can dominate on the tour.

Lu says Nishikori's rise to number five in the world in 2014 reaching the US Open in 2014 has inspired tennis players all over the continent.

He said: "Kei has motivated Asians and has given them more belief to trust in their abilities. The other players, who are now in the top 100, can believe that they can break in to the top 20.

"If you talk of Asian players, you should also ask why there are no Americans in the top 10 now. Every country has its own problems. Asia has to solve its own problems. Every country has different cultures, different systems. If you can fix them the right way you can produce champions."

Lu's own accomplishments are impressive, with the 31-year-old rising to 38 in the world rankings and reaching his maiden ATP final in 2014.

He said: "I have a few wins over the top 10 players. All are good memories. It is very tough to pick one. It could be the victories over (Tomas) Berdych in the Cincinnati Masters this year and the win over (David) Ferrer. But beating (Andy) Roddick in the fourth round of the Wimbledon in 2010 will count as one of the biggest moments of my career."

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