Kei Nishikori reaches US Open final with victory over Novak Djokovic

Published Add your comment

Football News

Kei Nishikori has become the first Asian male to reach a Grand Slam final after his stunning four-set victory over Novak Djokovic.

The number 10 seed upset the odds to dump out the favourite at Flushing Meadows, winning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 to claim the biggest scalp of his career and set up a meeting with either Roger Federer or Marian Cilic on Monday night.

Gruelling clashes

Nishikori came into the match off the back of two gruelling five-set victories, beating fifth seed Milos Raonic and third seed Stanislas Wawrinka in consecutive matches to set up the meeting with the seven-time Grand Slam champion.

The 27-year-old from Belgrade won't be adding to that tally in 2014 however, as after an impressive fightback in the second set he lost the big points when it mattered in a crucial third.

Related Articles

- Murray struggling with weight of expectation
- Becker surprised over Mauresmo appointment

After trading breaks early, it was Nishikori who claimed the decisive break in game seven and held on to claim the opening set.

However, his previous efforts appeared to be taking their toll as the match progressed, and Djokovic took advantage to stroll through the second and seemingly move closer to a third major final of the year.

Crucial third set

However, impressive hitting from his undaunted opponent kept the match close and ultimately forced the decisive tiebreak in the third - although he had the chance to claim it earlier after serving at 5-4 but throwing in a double at break point.

The 24-year-old was able to regroup though and kept the pressure on his opponent throughout. Djokovic threw in some unforced errors, and Nishikori claimed it 7-4.

It took the wind out of the world number one's sails, and as he tired under the sun in New York, Nishikori sensed his opportunity and broke at the beginning of the fourth set.

Famous victory

Having only ever reached one quarter-final in a major, there was still plenty for the Japanese sensation to do, but he saved some break points and took his chance again on the Djokovic serve at 3-5 to claim a famous victory.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Novak Djokovic
US Open Tennis

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - Tennis Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again