Kei began the year well with a title win in Brisbane against Medvedev and a quarter-final run at the Australian Open where he had to retire against Djokovic. Struggled during the season with a right elbow injury which eventually led to surgery late in the year.
Kei is a topline player when fit and if he can get his body sorted out will be a contender for top 10 in 2020. Words for him are: Tenacious, measured, entertaining and return.
Tenacious: Put’s his head down when on the court and fights to the end. Evidenced by his habit of winning 5 set matches. However, on occasion is guilty of not closing out contests before eventually escaping in a 5th set decider.
Measured: Doesn’t play with much flare but has excellent rhythm and technique with his groundstrokes.
Entertaining: Because he is skilful on both sides, can hang with the power players. Often features in some of the best rallies on tour.
Return: Fantastic returner. One of the absolute best on tour.
Likes: Favourite shot he says is his forehand, but I prefer his other wing. His backhand line is money and possibly the best on tour.
Dislikes: That his body seems to let him down regularly, robbing us of seeing his best too often.
Areas for improvement: Might be worth doing some homework on fitness coaches. Find one that can help him avoid getting injured so much. Get on a conference call with Fed to Uniqlo regarding clothes. The lollipop outfits are terrible. Not a great volleyer, so you guessed it Federer volleys on YouTube.