Japan's Kei Nishikori returns the ball to Brazil's Thomaz Belluci during the men's second round of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 27, 2015Japan’s Kei Nishikori believes his rise into the world top five would never have happened had he not forged his skills in America’s do-or-die sports environment. Nishikori left his home and family in Shimane when he was just 14 with no English skills, just a passionate belief that he could become Japan’s most successful tennis player. A decade later, he was the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final, losing to Marin Cilic in the US Open title match having knocked out Novak Djokovic on the way.

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