Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Nishikori, Osaka give Japan historic tennis day at US Open

Nishikori, Osaka give Japan historic tennis day at US Open

When Millman apologized for leaving the court at that juncture, Djokovic replied, "I'm fine to have a little rest, " then sat down on his sideline bench without a shirt on and cooled off.

The Californian has dropped just a single set so far at the 2018 edition of the USA slam, to Aleksandra Krunic in the third round, and has a 2-0 edge against her upcoming Japanese opponent.

It means Osaka and Nishikori are the first Japanese players in the Open era to both make the semi-finals at one grand slam.

Keys, who at 14 is the highest seed left in the women's draw, has shown a determination to go one step further than previous year, having only dropped one set through her four matches.

Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori have created tennis history at the US Open.

After Cilic evened the match by taking the fourth following a 10-minute break for heat, Nishikori was on the verge of running away with the fifth, holding a break point for a 5-1 lead.

Since losing to Cilic in the final back in 2014, this was their first meeting at Flushing Meadows and Nishikori triumphed to make it back-to-back semi-finals for him in NY.

"It's great to see", said Nishikori who missed the 2017 US Open due to injury.

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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.

For Osaka, her victory is the latest milestone in a watershed year for the 20-year-old who won her first WTA Tour title in Indian Wells, Calif., in March.

She won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. "But even on court, Serena is very aggressive, you know, and Naomi, I have to push her to get a fist pump out of her".

She pushed some balls a few feet past the baseline, often failing to make Osaka do anything special to win a point and finishing with 31 unforced errors. So far in this Open, she's held opponents scoreless in three sets, and she's dropped only one set thus far.

"Well, in the mornings I don't play matches, I walk around and hear the lovely honking", Osaka said.

Tsurenko didn't appear bothered by the conditions, but whether it was her health or just first-time jitters, she was off from the minute she stepped onto Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 14th-seeded American used her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night.

The Japanese stars both advanced to the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows on Thursday (AEST).

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