Nishikori downs Cilic in US Open marathon

Madison Keys

"Great! I want to see her go against Serena in the final", said one Twitter user. Keys ability to hit winners even from deep in the court is one of her most impressive attributes and one that Osaka will need to be wary of.

Nishikori raced into a 4-1 lead but Cilic broke back to take the set to 4-4.

In a rematch of the 2014 final, it was the Japanese star who exacted his vengeance by squeezing through to the US Open semi-finals after a gruelling 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 victory in four hours and eight minutes. Is she playing the best tennis of anyone in the draw? The Illinoian is most comfortable on her forehand, but she can also do damage with her backhand which makes her incredibly hard to attack.

Only once had Japan had a man and woman reach the quarterfinals of the same major, and Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date both lost in that round at Wimbledon in 1995. I just needed one more match before playing a top 10.

The speedy win over Tsurenko was the third time Osaka has wrapped up victory in under an hour in NY and should allow her to be fresh for Thursday's semi-final.

The No. 14 seed was last year's US Open runner-up, losing to Stephens in the final, the only Grand Slam final appearance of her career. I think [Kei] is a really big kid.

It all took less than 1 1/2 hours against Suarez Navarro, who eliminated five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets in her previous match but has never made it to the semifinals at a major.

Instead, it resembled their 2010 second-round match in Flushing Meadows, when Nishikori rallied to win in five sets in 4:59, the fifth-longest men's singles match by time in U.S. Open history.

A flattered Williams said she especially likes the Ali reference, as she wants to inspire young people as Ali did.

"I felt good today".

Japan's Kei Nishikori advances to the semifinals of the US Open. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who bested Kvitova at Wimbledon, fared even worse and had to endure a humbling 0-6 0-6 loss.

Tsurenko laboured 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.

Williams first won at the U.S. Open in 1999 and has won the tournament six times.

The Californian has dropped just a single set so far at the 2018 edition of the U.S. slam, to Aleksandra Krunic in the third round, and has a 2-0 edge against her upcoming Japanese opponent. Osaka put it best after her quarterfinal win: "Sometimes I go insane and then I start hitting everything".

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. "I think we're pretty similar in that sense".

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