Kei Nishikori is confident that the wrist injury that hindered him during his third round victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will not impact the remainder of his Australian Open campaign.
Nishikori received treatment to his right wrist after winning the opening set, and appeared unhappy with the strapping later in the match.
However, speaking after his 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph, Nishikori said that there was no undue reason for concern.
"It was a little bit sore in the beginning, but after the treatment it was fine. I'm sure it's going to be okay," he told reporters.
The 26-year-old was hampered by injuries throughout 2015, and the world number seven asserted that he was actually feeling healthy than in past years.
"Yeah, That was unfortunate, but actually it's less and less every year," he said. "I'm little more positive than a few years ago. I think you
cannot stop getting any injuries. I don't think it's gonna happen for me. So you try to have good treatment and good training during the tour."
While a reduced schedule may help Nishikori stave off injuries, don't expect him to cut back any time soon – he's got bigger goals to reach before then.
"Yeah, if I got better then I could start playing less tournaments. But I'm still not in the top five yet, so I think the schedule is going to be same," he asserted.