Nishikori takes revenge on Cilic

Naomi Osaka US Open

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.

Osaka wasn't born when compatriot Kimiko Date made the Wimbledon semifinals in 1996, but now the 20-year-old has the opportunity to go one better by reaching a maiden Grand Slam final. She then stunned defending champion Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-3 in the last eight.

In addition, she actually boasts better return data at this year's US Open than Williams does, against at least similar opponent quality, if not a higher calibre.

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.

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Suarez Navarro enjoyed a fine run in NY, where she upstaged sixth seed Caroline Garcia and ended Maria Sharapova's impeccable record under the lights in the Big Apple, however, the 30th seed could not match Keys. And, when Sevastova dropped her serve at the start of the second set, she knew she was looking across the net at the best player in the world, whom the tournament recognised with a No17 seeding for the fortnight.

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. But then he faltered and they went to a tiebreaker, where Cilic led 4-3 before delivering two double-faults in a row.

"I hate matches like this", said Tsurenko.

He is into his third major semifinal, all in NY but is still in search of his initially Slam trophy. "It was a tough battle and it will give me good confidence, even though I don't remember a lot of it", said the 28-year-old after getting revenge on Cilic in the quarter-finals.

Osaka, the daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, said she enjoyed playing in the blistering heat of NY which has been such a talking point of the tournament.

This one wasn't exactly simple for Djokovic: He only converted four of 20 break points.

But he did move on, and now will face Kei Nishikori in the semifinals. I remember I wasn't there for the match. It was odd enough to see a player be allowed to do that during, instead of after, a set, but even odder for it to happen after an even number of games, rather than at an odd-game changeover. "That's something I've struggled with in the past".

Osaka broke in the second and sixth games of the opening set which was wrapped up in just 24 minutes.

"I fought for every point".

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