Keys to face Osaka in U.S. Open semis

Roger Federer reveals he invited John Millman at home in Switzerland

Naomi Osaka won her quarterfinal in the match that preceded Nishikori's. And he finished with 53 unforced errors. He couldn't find an answer for Djokovic's returns and was pushed around the court in each of his service games - one game lasting more than 16 minutes - to fall behind 4-1.

Normally, players are allowed to head off the court only between sets to change what they're wearing.

Kei nishikori in five sets took revenge from Marin Cilic for the defeat in the final of the US Open 2014.

The No. 21 seed gave Japan a men's and women's semifinalist at the same Grand Slam tournament for the first time in the professional era.

His astonishing record in deciding sets was only polished with the victory - earned despite squandering a break in the fifth set - but a place in the semifinals looked far-fetched when Cilic lead by a set and a break earlier in the afternoon.

"Matches against Nadal and Federer, and Murray as well, have made me the player I am today because those were the guys that I always wanted to win against because those were the guys I had to beat in order to be the No. 1, to win Slams, and have the career that I had behind me".

Osaka was an easy victor in her quarterfinal, eliminating unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in all of 57 minutes.

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

It's the first time in Grand Slam history that such a break has been offered to the men.

The Serb said that the trying conditions had made the match hard for both players.




But after reaching the final in Monte Carlo, the French Open fourth round and the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Nishikori believes an elusive first grand slam is within reach.

She won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

Madison Keys was one of four American women in the U.S. Open semifinals a year ago, when she was the runner-up.

Superstars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have both taken issue with the decision to leave the roof at Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums open during matches.

She is now coaching, and says her dream now is to bring a player to a Grand Slam tournament. She recovered to win in three sets, with her opponent accusing her after the match of acting.

Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori on Friday night to advance to his eighth US Open men's final. The Croatian then had the lead in the third-set tiebreaker, until double-faulting on consecutive serves. "I was freaking out inside, just like my whole body was shaking, so I'm really glad I was able to play well". Nishikori has won eight of the 14 meetings.

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. Djokovic said the conditions at this year's tournament were the toughest he had known in the last 10 years.

Each of the Japanese's three Grand Slam semifinal appearances have come in NY and he exorcised some of the demons still lingering from his 2014 final heartbreak in Arthur Ashe Stadium by disposing of his attacker from that early September evening four years ago.

(R-L) Naomi Osaka of Japan shakes hands with opponent Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine following their women's singles quarter-final.

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