Nostalgic Nishikori relaxed in Miami

Kei Nishikori is happy to be in Florida this week for the Miami Open, a place where he has fond memories.

The Japanese star is still looking for his first Masters 1000 title and Miami is the event where he has come close.

Nishikori is on a decent run at the tournament, having reached the semi-finals in 2014, the last eight in 2015 and the final last year, where he lost to the then-indomitable Novak Djokovic.

"I have good memories here," the 27-year-old told

"I feel very relaxed here, very open…I feel like I'm at home."

Nishikori is coming off a quarter-final appearance at Indian Wells, where he lost to rising American star Jack Sock. While he was disappointed in the result, he was happy with the quality of tennis he played. 

"I was playing great tennis," added Nishikori.

"Unfortunately, I lost in the quarter-finals but still I was playing good. My tennis is getting much better, getting more solid."

With two big names  – Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic – not in Miami this year, Nishikori is seeded second behind Swiss Ace Stan Wawrinka.

Nishikori faces South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the second round and is on track to face seventh seed Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.