Nishikori outlasts Cilic to make semis

Nishikori outlasts Cilic to make semis

It was a great day for Japanese tennis as both Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka booked their passage to the US Open semifinals in two very different matches.

The Japanese stars both advanced to the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows on Thursday (AEST).

She's the only member of that quartet who made it back to that round, using her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3.

But a few hours later, Nishikori helped Osaka create an even more incredible slice of history.

Former world No 4 Nishikori finally came to life midway through the second set as he extracted a few errors from Cilic and lifted his own game to fight back from 4-2 down to successfully level things up on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Kei Nishikori defeated Marin Cilic in a five-set marathon in the U.S Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The No. 21 seed continued his strong season after returning from a wrist injury that forced him to miss the U.S. Open past year and will play either No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic or unseeded John Millman on Friday. Williams beat Czech Karolina Pliskova in the quarters, marking her first win over a top-10 player since she returned to competitive tennis.

The No. 20 seed moved from Japan to NY at age 3, and her deepest major run is coming at the same tournament she first visited as a child.

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Madison Keys celebrates after winning her women's singles quarterfinal match at the 2018 US Open on September 5, 2018 Flushing, N.Y.

"I'm just trying to think if we've ever sat down and said, 'All right, look, what can we do to advantage American players when it comes to the court surface?' And I don't ever recall having that conversation in my 20 years here, " Brewer said.

Keys, on the other hand, is the highest seed left.

"I was freaking out inside and my whole body was shaking but overall I am most proud of not breaking a racket".

Novak Djokovic put aside all of it, from his opponent's unheard-of, middle-of-a-set chance to change out of sweat-soaked clothes and shoes, to consecutive time violations because he let the serve clock expire, to the 16 break points he wasted.

Despite being two wins shy of what years ago would have seemed like an improbable title, Sevastova refuses to look beyond her semi-final battle.

She has made it to the final four at three of the past five Grand Slam tournaments but is still seeking her first major championship. In her third-round match, she was even quicker, dominating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-0, 6-0, in 50 minutes.

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

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