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Nishikori takes revenge on Cilic

09 September, 2018, 01:22 | Author: John Swanson
  • Roger Federer reveals he invited John Millman at home in Switzerland

Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic will collide for a place in the US Open final after winning their quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

Millman indeed took the fight to the reigning Wimbledon champion in a showdown featuring the last two players to topple Federer this season.

He will play either Serbia's Novak Djokovic or Australian John Millman in the last four.

Nishikori is into his third major semifinal - all in NY - but is still in search of his initial Slam trophy.

Osaka was an easy victor in her quarterfinal, eliminating unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in all of 57 minutes.

Keys, a 23-year-old American who is seeded No. 14, overwhelmed Suarez Navarro with her powerful serve and groundstrokes, building a 22-10 edge in winners.

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"I've gotten a lot better managing my emotions once it gets to this part and knowing that everything is going to be probably more amped up", she said.

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"I wish I don't go to five sets every time, " Nishikori said.

It wasn't the cleanest of matches as the grueling heat at Arthur Ashe Stadium seemed to force both competitors into a slew of mistakes over the course of the four-plus hour match.

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Despite having never won a Grand Slam, just 11 career tournaments, Nishikori is in the same league as Grand Slam kings Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal when it comes to pitching products.

She raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set and then 4-0 in the second against the shaky Tsurenko, who finished with more unforced errors than points in her first major quarterfinal.

John McEnroe was accused by American pro tennis player Mitchell Krueger of "ripping" Millman in the preview as the story continued that Federer lost the match because of the stifling NY heat and humidity rather than his opponent.

Kei Nishikori outlasted Marin Cilic in a rematch of the 2014 U.S. Open final, moving into the semifinals with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 victory.

But after reaching the final in Monte Carlo, the French Open fourth round and the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Nishikori believes an elusive first grand slam is within reach.

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"From that point on, I felt the match was quite even", he went on.

In the third set, Djokovic again claimed the break.

This night was cooler, as the temperature dipped into the 70s, but the humidity was above 80 percent, so with Millman drenched, he sought permission for a wardrobe change at 2-all in the second set.

"I was struggling, he was struggling", Djokovic added. Just put me back a bit on my back foot.

He said: "He's got one of the best two-handed backhands in the game and very quick. So it came down to a couple points".

Djokovic was not to be denied though, as he timed the final break of serve to perfection, grabbing the advantage in game nine before serving out to love to seal his passage into the final four.

Nishikori's relatively week serve could be the deciding factor here, as if Cilic can get into his groove he will look to punish that aspect of his opponent's game, especially the second serve.

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Meanwhile, Osaka won a Masters title at Indian Wells and with her strong run in NY , where she will next play 2017 U.S. So far in this Open, she's held opponents scoreless in three sets, and she's dropped only one set thus far.

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