US Open 2018: Japanese delight as Nishikori, Osaka advance
Day 10 saw two Japanese singles players reach the semis of a Slam for the first time. Kei Nishikori prevailed against Marin Cilic in a 5-set match. High temperature and scorching heat, once again, ruled New York. There was joy for another Japanese, Naomi Osaka. She reached her first ever Grand Slam semi-final. Here is more on the same.
Madison Keys to face Osaka in women's singles semis
Last year's runner-up, at the Flushing Meadows, Madison Keys, reached the semi-final after overcoming Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3. Her battle against Osaka promises to be an enticing affair. Osaka beat her opponent Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1. She becomes the first Japanese woman since Kimiko Date to reach the semis of a Slam. Keys, on the other hand, is the highest seed left.
Nishikori prevails in 4-hour long battle
Kei Nishikori surged past seventh seed Marin Cilic to book a last four date. The encounter was interestingly error-strewn and under soaring temperatures, the match went the distance. Nishikori came back from behind to win 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 in four hours eight minutes. He will be up against 2018 Wimbledon champion Djokovic next in the last 4.
Djokovic shows class in taming Millman
Novak Djokovic thrashed John Millman in straight sets to reach the US Open semis for the 11th consecutive time. The Serbian tamed Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to set up a battle against Nishikori. He is expected to have a serious rise in the rankings post the Slam. Djokovic is touted to meet Rafael Nadal in the final, with a mouth-watering clash awaiting the fans.