Kei Nishikori beats Marin Cilic in five sets to reach semi-finals
Kei Nishikori overcame seventh seed Marin Cilic in a gruelling five-set match to reach the US Open semi-finals.
Both players struggled in an error-strewn encounter with high temperatures in New York again a factor.
Cilic made a dominant start to lead by a set and a break before his level dropped to allow Japan’s 21st seed Nishikori to take a 2-1 lead.
Cilic recovered to force a decider but Nishikori edged through 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 in four hours eight minutes.
The 28-year-old will play either Serbia’s Novak Djokovic or Australian John Millman in the last four.
After Naomi Osaka reached the women’s semi-finals earlier, Nishikori’s win means there is a Japanese man and woman in the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time in the Open Era.
“It’s great to see,” Nishikori said.
“I hope people were watching us. Hopefully many people were cheering in support.
“Naomi’s doing well, because she has won a Masters (Indian Wells). I think she can win a title now. It’s a big chance for her.”