New York, September 6: Novak Djokovic managed to do what Roger Federer could not: beat 55th-ranked John Millman at the US Open.
Djokovic moved a step closer to a third championship at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam title overall by eliminating Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
The No. 6-seeded Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, had been drawn to face Federer with a semi-final berth at stake.
But Millman scuttled that showdown by stunning the 20-time Grand Slam champ in four sets in the fourth round on a hot and humid evening that Federer said sapped his energy and made it hard to breathe.
This one wasn’t exactly simple for Djokovic: He only converted four of 20 break points. And he finished with 53 unforced errors.
But he did move on, and now will face Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals.
Nishikori downs Cilic
Kei Nishikori reached the US Open semi-finals on Wednesday, holding on for a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic — the man who beat him in the 2014 final.
Japan’s Nishikori, who missed last year’s US Open after a season-ending wrist injury, joined compatriot Naomi Osaka in reaching the semis — the first time that a Japanese man and woman have reached the last four in the same Grand Slam. (AP)
Naomi Osaka becomes first Japanese woman in Grand Slam semi-final in 22 years
New York, September 6: Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam on Wednesday when she defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in the last-eight of the US Open, admitting she was “freaking out” inside.
Osaka wasn’t born when compatriot Kimiko Date made the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1996 but now the 20-year-old has the opportunity to go one better by reaching a maiden Grand Slam final.
To get to Saturday’s championship match, the 20th seed will have to get past either US 14th seed Madison Keys or Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.
“It really means a lot,” said Osaka whose post-match, on-court interview endeared her further to a growing legion of fans. (AFP)