Keys to face Osaka in U.S. Open semis; Nishikori beats Cilic

Kristopher Nichols
September 9, 2018

He got the break but trading breaks when you are one down didn't add up and Nishikori won his third straight US Open quarterfinal, and 9th meeting with Cilic in 15 tries.

In one of the crucial games, Djokovic repelled two break points at 3-4 and he was awarded in the next game, breaking Roger for a 5-4 lead after a loose backhand from the Swiss.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, was ousted on Monday by John Millman, an unseeded player from Australia.

After a further exchange of breaks, the giant Croatian crumbled under pressure as he served to stay in the match with Nishikori's attacking style earning him a spot in his third career semi-final at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka had it much easier, continuing what's been a largely dominant run through the draw by winning in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn't even have to play an hour.

"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.

This proved to be Nishikori's day, though, as he ground out a 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 6-4 victory to mark a landmark moment for Japan after Naomi Osaka's win over Lesia Tsurenko earlier.

"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", Keys said. "I was not feeling well", she said.

"They were loving his effort, rewarding him with a great round of applause", he said of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd after a 25-shot rally.

The 23-year-old American slugger, a finalist last year, booked a return trip to the semifinals on Wednesday night with a rock-solid 6-4, 6-3 victory over tricky veteran Carla Suarez Navarro.

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Kei Nishikori got some measure of revenge Wednesday at the US Open against Marin Cilic.

Together, Osaka and Nishikori were the first Japanese woman and man to make the quarter-finals of the same Grand Slam since Date and Shuzo Matsuoka at Wimbledon in 1995.

"I was really tested", Djokovic said on court after the match.

Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori blazed a trail into the US Open quarter-finals yesterday morning (Singapore time), putting a Japanese man and woman in the last eight together at Flushing Meadows for the first time. He restored parity with a break to love and, finally finding some length off his forehand wing, broke for the first time in the match and served it out after 42 minutes of ebbs and flows.

In 2017, she was beaten by Sloane Stephens in the U.S. Open final; Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe were the other semifinalists, making it the first time in 36 years that the last four women in NY represented the host country.

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

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

Those in Djokovic's box were seen looking around as if they were trying to find whatever Nole was requesting.

"I'm also happy for myself, too, being injured previous year, I couldn't play this tournament. So it came down to a couple points".

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