Kei Nishikori is happy with how his wrist feels after continuing his return to tennis following a five-month injury absence.
The 28-year-old Japanese star had not been in competitive action since August of last year when he was forced to give up on his hopes of being fit for the US Open after it was found that he had suffered a tear in one of the tendons in his right wrist.
Nishikori then fell short in his attempt to be ready for the Australian Open earlier this month, but he did feature at Newport Beach last week.
I still need to work on a lot of areas but my wrist felt good so that's a relief.Kei Nishikori
The former world number four lost to Dennis Novikov in that event, but has now exacted revenge against the world number 214 with a 6-3 6-3 victory against him in the first round of the Challenger-level Tennis Championships of Dallas.
And, while Nishikori accepts that he is at the start of a long road back to being at the top of the game, he revealed the injury was not causing him any problems.
He said: "I still need to work on a lot of areas but my wrist felt good so that's a relief.
"My serve returns were great. After returning the first serve I was able to start a rally which is my strength."
Nishikori is priced at 33/1 to win the French Open, where he reached the quarter-finals last year, while he is available at 80/1 to win Wimbledon.
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