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US OPEN : Djokovic to face Nishikori in semis

08 September, 2018, 19:27 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Novak Djokovic vs John Millman

Millman went up 1-0 and eventually held a 4-3 edge in the second set, until Djokovic came roaring back.

Kei Nishikori of Japan wins his quarter-final match against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Djokovic beat Nishikori in four sets on his way to his most recent triumph at the All England Club and will hope for a similar outcome in the semi-final clash in NY on Friday.

Djokovic missed last year's tournament with an elbow injury but has now reached at least the semi-finals in every appearance at Flushing Meadows since 2007.

Against 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic, Millman couldn't pull off another upset falling to the sixth-seed in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. "Just trying to find a way to hang in there".

In fact Cilic has won all three of their clashes at the US Open - beating Nishikori in the second round in 2010 and in the third round in 2012.

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Nishikori, a finalist in NY in 2014, will feature in his third US Open semifinal after defeating No. 7 seed Marin Cilic in a grueling five-set encounter, 2-6 6-4 7-6 4-6 6-4.

"He plays so fast, he makes me more alert from the first point, because I know I have to be at my best in order to compete with him from the baseline".

"I needed that rest", said Djokovic, who finally gained the decisive break in the penultimate game of the final set then served it out at love. "It's easier said than done, especially in these kind of conditions".

"I personally have never sweated as much as I have here". She won 20 of her 22 first serves, and she broke Tsurenko's serve five times.

Like his match against Federer, Millman fell behind early against Djokovic.

Keys has made it this far in a major for the fourth time in her career.

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"I was struggling, he was struggling, we were all sweating, changing clothes".

"I was, alongside many other people, anticipating the match against Federer", Djokovic said.

Millman, who beat Roger Federer in the previous round, returned after a brief interval but found no joy against Djokovic's serve and the Serb broke the Australian in the penultimate game before serving out the second set. That was at Wimbledon in 1995, and both Kimiko Date and Shuzo Matsuoka lost in that round.

"Whatever the humidity is on outer courts or in the city", Isner said, "I think it's amplified on centre court". Federer had the advantage in the shortest and mid-range points while Djokovic erased that deficit with the better performance in the longer rallies, saving many of those break points after drawing Roger into more extended exchanges where he had the upper hand.

"I can only talk about myself", Djokovic said. After missing several open shots, Djokovic doubled over and staggered around the court as his camp - coaches, trainer, and wife Jelena - looked on worriedly.

"I think the guy's beat a brick wall once", Millman said, "because he makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless". For men's singles matches, the break would come between the third and fourth sets.

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