Company: NHK – Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Section: DOCUMENTARY – GREAT CHAMPIONS
Director: Yoriko Koizumi, Shingo Asaki, Misako Imai
Editing: Hirokazu Mokida
Photo: Ryusuke Watase, Masamoto Fujita.
Voice Off: Minoru Aoi
Time: 43 min
In 2014, Kei Nishikori surged in the tennis world rankings from 12th to 5th. But only a year before Nishikori, a rather small player among top pros, had been in a serious slump. Things turned around when he met the legendary Michael Chang, who was once ranked the second best player in the world, despite his small physique. Chang ingrained Nishikori with the strong mentality to believe in himself and taught him to hit baseline strokes from a forward position as a way to better use his agility.