Djokovic beats Millman to reach US Open semis

Cilic has made two grand slam finals since but Nishikori has never been back and will now take on either twice US Open champion Novak Djokovic or unseeded Australian John Millman for a spot in Sunday's final. With Millman serving at 4-5, Djokovic finally converted one - albeit only when the Aussie double-faulted.

It was clear that it could be a long night when the players battled for more than 15 minutes in the sixth game of the opening set, Millman saving four break points.

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

The victory for Nishikori means that for the first time in the open era there will be a Japanese man and woman contesting the semifinals of a grand slam as Naomi Osaka cruised past Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-1.

"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. I feel it is a big chance for her.

Tsurenko didn't appear bothered by the conditions, but whether it was her health or just first-time jitters, she was off from the minute she stepped onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic moved a step closer to a third championship at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam title overall by eliminating Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

It was a case of sweet revenge for Nishikori as he outlasted Cilic, four years after losing to the Croatian player in the final of the US Open.


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

Djokovic, rejuvenated by a fourth Wimbledon title after a spell of struggles with form and confidence since wrapping up the career Grand Slam in Paris in 2016, enjoys an equally comfortable record over Japan star Nishikori.

And as against Federer, that was enough to lose the first set after Djokovic benefited from a lucky net chord and then fought off a break point in the final game to serve the set out.

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.

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. Then after that I felt like third and fourth I played very well. That all changed in the middle of the second set, when the Croat with the score 4:2 managed to lose four games in a row. "I tried to swing a little more, play aggressive and start working better from 4-2 down", he added.

Djokovic, who was a little tired at the time, was more than happy to take a break which turned out to be about six minutes. Just put me back a bit on my back foot. For men's singles matches, the break would come between the third and fourth sets.

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

"Especially after coming from injury", he said, "I think I'm enjoying this challenge".


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