Nishikori upsets Djokovic in semis

Kei NishikoriKei Nishikori (4/5 outright US Open winner) shocked Flushing Meadows on Saturday when defeating world number one Novak Djokovic to reach the US Open final.

Nishikori became Japan’s first ever Grand Slam singles finalist with a 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory over Djokovic and will now face Marin Cilic on Monday, after the Croatian shocked Roger Federer with a straight sets defeat.

The 25-year-old went into the clash with Djokovic as the overwhelming underdog and looked to be on the back foot after losing the second set to the Serbian, but Nishikori – who is coached by Michael Chang – responded superbly to survive as many as four break points and seven deuces to hang on and take the initiative.

The afternoon proved frustrating for Djokovic, who suffered 35 unforced errors, but that didn’t stop the victory from being a special moment for Nishikori, who said: “It’s just an amazing feeling, beating the number one player. I hope it’s big news in Japan. I feel the support from Japan. It’s 4 o’clock in the morning but I hope a lot of people are watching.”

Djokovic, meanwhile, was downbeat about his performance and said: “Other than that second set my game today was not even close to what I wanted it to be.”

“A lot of unforced errors, a lot of short balls. I just wasn’t myself.” the Serbian added.

The victory sends Nishikori into Monday’s clash with Cilic as the minor favourite, with the Cilic priced at evens despite his victory over Federer on Saturday evening, which halted the Swiss star’s bid for a record 18th Grand Slam title.

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