US Open: Keys advances to semifinals

US Open: Keys advances to semifinals

US Open: Keys advances to semifinals

The last time Nishikori reached the last four of the US Open in 2014, he pulled off the biggest win of his career to date, beating Novak Djokovic to reach the final.

A gutsy display from the 55th ranked player certainly earned him the adoration of the crowd on Arthur Ashe, but the 30-year old was found wanting at crucial points during the game as the more-experienced Djokovic turned things up a notch whenever needed.

Djokovic, the victor in 2011 and 2015, faces Kei Nishikori in Friday's semi-finals, his 11th successive appearance in the last-four.

"It's honestly really incredible", said Williams, who is ranked No. 26 in the world after a heavily interrupted year following the hard birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

"He apologised for going to change [clothes] in the second set but I said "it's OK, I need the rest".

Kei Nishikori is headed to the US Open semifinal following a dramatic upset victory over Marin Cilic on Wednesday.

Tsurenko laboured in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical time-out in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second.

The Croat has saved some of his best tennis for Grand Slams in recent times having reached the final of the Australian Open this year and also at Wimbledon last year so he will not be lacking in self-belief that he can go further.

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.

It all took less than 90 minutes against Suarez Navarro, who eliminated five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets in her previous match but has never made it to the semifinals at a major.

Earlier, Nishikori defeated the man he lost to in the final four years ago, Marin Cilic 2-6 6-4 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4.

Sep 5, 2018; New York, NY, USA; John Millman of Australia serves against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) in a quarter-final match on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

It is the first time in the Open era that Japan is represented in the semi-finals of both the main draws at the same grand slam.

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

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'm also happy for myself, too, being injured past year, I couldn't play this tournament".

'He's got one of the best two-handed backhands in the game and very quick, ' Djokovic added. "Just trying to find a way to hang in there". After the first, he double-faulted, and he wound up getting broken there.

But Nishikori broke Cilic in the final game, capturing the match with a blistering service return.

Cilic responded strongly, noticeably raising his intensity, but the Croatian's serve broke down at a crucial moment as the set was decided in a tie-break. "Especially after coming from injury, I think I'm enjoying this challenge".

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