Tennis – US Open ’18: Kei Nishikori Overcomes Cilic; Into The Semi’s
Kei Nishikori conquered seventh seed Marin Cilic in a difficult 5-set match to achieve the US Open semi-finals. The two players battled in a blunder strewn experience with high temperatures in New York again a highlighting factor of the day.
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Marin Cilic made a prevailing beginning to lead by a set and a break before his level dropped to enable Japan’s Nishikori to take a 2-1 lead.
But, Cilic recouped to drive a decider yet Nishikori edged through and won the match by 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4 6-4 after battling four hours eight minutes.
What a day for Japanese tennis. After Naomi Osaka made it to her maiden major semifinal, Kei Nishikori survives a mammoth five setter against Marin Cilic to make his third #USOpen semifinal.
— Aishwarya Kumar (@kumaraishwarya) September 5, 2018
There was a repressed climate on Arthur Ashe Stadium with the crowd struggling to get into the match. The two players hit more unforced mistakes than winners, with Cilic making 70 unforced blunders to 57 winners and Nishikori ratios amounted to 45:29.
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The force swung all through the match, with 2014 hero Cilic looking in charge when driving 4-2 in the second set before losing 6 games in succession.
He likewise lead with a break in the 3rd-set tie-break, before hitting two successive double faults to put Nishikori in the favorable position. Even in the last set Nishikori looked alright with a 4-1 lead before Cilic leveled, just for the Croat to lose the last 2 games.
Kei Nishikori has secured his spot in the #USOpen semifinals! The world No. 19 just beat Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in a battle that lasted just over four hours. He’ll face the winner of tonight’s match between Novak Djokovic and John Millman. https://t.co/M2YkwuyBQI pic.twitter.com/NELuXR2eqA
— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) September 5, 2018
Previously, Naomi Osaka achieved the Women’s Singles semi-finals. And, now Nishikori’s win implies there is a Japanese man and woman in the last four of a Grand Slam for the 1st time in the Open era.
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Nishikori will now play either Serbia’s Novak Djokovic or Australian John Millman in the semi-final match of the US Open 2018.
HISTORY: With Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori advancing to the semifinals @usopen, this is the first time in the Open Era there will be a Japanese man and woman in the semifinals of a Slam. #USOpen
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 5, 2018
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