Kei Nishikori had an important comeback after coping with a wrist damage. In February 2018 the Japanese was exterior the highest 200 rankings, now he’s again within the prime 10 and this 12 months he goals to crack the highest 5. However, clearly, his return can’t be in comparison with the Roger Federer's because the Swiss gained two Grand Slam titles in 2017. 'Getting back from accidents is hard, even when Federer makes all the things look simple', admitted Chang. 'Everybody thinks that if Somebody manages to get to their greatest stage so shortly, then you are able to do the identical. However what Federer and Rafael Nadal achieved is unimaginable for it.'
Chang was born in the USA. How is his relationship with Asia? 'After 1988 I had many extra alternatives to journey to China. Earlier than there have been no tournaments there. I might see the way it modified. I performed and gained typically there. And if you happen to take a look at the tennis calendar now, China is among the most essential tournaments organizations, on all ranges. Li Na gained two Grand Slam titles whereas the (2017) US Open junior winner is Chinese language.'
Within the final decade, Asia featured a number of nice gamers like Kei Nishikori and Hyeon Chung. How is the Asian tennis motion? 'Tennis continues to be a comparatively younger sport in Asia, and tennis in China virtually has no historical past. Sports activities are huge the place they’ve an enormous historical past. The principle downside in a rustic like China is teaching. It doesn’t exist a community of coaches like in one other place. When you have success, you’re a international coach.'
On two of his largest rivals, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, Chang added: 'Boris had one thing intimidation on him. Somebody like Stefan Edberg was rather more accessible to me. Stefan was with toes on the bottom, I used to be rather more much like him than Boris.'