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US Open 2018: Japanese delight as Nishikori, Osaka advance

US Open 2018: Japanese delight as Nishikori, Osaka advance

The only previous time the pair had played had been in the very different environs of the 2014 ITF $25,000 event in Irapuato, Mexico; back then, a 16-year-old Osaka had taken the match 6-4, 6-3.

"I just woke up today with a viral illness or whatever it is".

Osaka swept aside 36th-ranked Tsurenko in just 57 minutes as the Ukrainian's challenge fizzled out in a deluge of mistakes.

Osaka will face either 14th-seeded Madison Keys or No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro in the first major semifinal appearance for a Japanese woman since Kimiko Date reached the final four at Wimbledon in 1996.

"You survive on the court then thrive with a win", said Djokovic, who converted just four of his 20 break points and made 53 unforced errors before he was finally able to accomplish what Federer couldn't in seeing off Millman.

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.

Former world number-four Nishikori, 29, pulled off a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4 victory this time.

"I don't know why we always play five sets but it was good tennis".

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Both players won - Osaka decisively, Nishikori narrowly - to give Japan a men's and women's semifinalist at the same Grand Slam tournament for the first time, according to the ATP Tour.

"I always thought if I were to win a grand slam, the first one I'd want to win is the US Open, because I have grown up here and then my grandparents can come and watch".

"I'm just trying to think if we've ever sat down and said, 'All right, look, what can we do to advantage American players when it comes to the court surface?' And I don't ever recall having that conversation in my 20 years here, " Brewer said.

"I think it's because of Kei", she said, holding her hands apart to show how much bigger Nishikori is in Japan, from where her family moved to NY when she was 3. Nishikori said this week that he was nervous once that championship match began - but Wednesday's match was nothing like that day.

In a meeting between two first-time slam quarter-finalists it was Osaka who produced much the better display, winning 6-1 6-1.

He had two game points for a 5-2 lead but a double fault and a backhand wide opened the door for Cilic, who stormed through, shouting "Got it!" when he secured the break to narrow the gap to 4-3. This is her first career Grand Slam semifinal in what's been a year of firsts for her so far. I try to fight every point even though I was really exhausted.

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. In her third-round match, she was even quicker, dominating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-0, 6-0, in 50 minutes. I said, 'Man, go ahead'.