Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Decided opponent Djokovic within the semifinals of the US Open

Decided opponent Djokovic within the semifinals of the US Open

Novak Djokovic expressed frustration towards his team during his quarterfinal match against John Millman at the US Open on Wednesday night.

Millman indeed took the fight to the reigning Wimbledon champion in a showdown featuring the last two players to topple Federer this season.

Djokovic will meet Japan's Kei Nishikori in the last four having already swatted aside Hungary's Marton Fucsovics, American Tennys Sandgren, Richard Gasquet of France and the Portuguese Joao Sousa.

After a further exchange of breaks, the giant Croatian crumbled under pressure as he served to stay in the match with Nishikori's attacking style earning him a spot in his third career semi-final at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka was an easy victor in her quarterfinal, eliminating unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in all of 57 minutes.

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.

The victory also completed a historic day for Japanese tennis, with Naomi Osaka routing Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-1 and the pair became the first Japanese man and woman to reach the semi-finals of the same grand slam.

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 the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic won the first set of the match 6-3 but started to have an issue early in the second.

The Aussie saved another four in the opening game of the second set and as the duel continued both players were clearly feeling the effects of their long, entertaining rallies. Novak will try to reach his 7th US Open final and 22nd Grand Slam final.

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Things started well for the two-time victor as he raced into a 3-0 lead, and despite Millman's best efforts he could not claw the break back as the Serb remained comfortable on serve.

Flushing Meadows has been a happy hunting ground for Kei Nishikori in the past and he sealed his place in his third US Open semifinal with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Marin Cilic.

In the day's other men's quarterfinal, Novak Djokovic managed to do what Roger Federer could not: beat 55th-ranked John Millman at the U.S. Open.

"From that point on, I felt the match was quite even". Now, she needs to do it one more time to advance to her first career final.

This night was cooler, as the temperature dipped, but the humidity was above 80 percent, so with Millman drenched, he sought permission for a wardrobe change at 2-2 in the second set.

"I was struggling. He was struggling".

Djokovic taking a break in the second set.

Those in Djokovic's box were seen looking around as if they were trying to find whatever Nole was requesting.

He said: "He's got one of the best two-handed backhands in the game and very quick". He was able to come through on only four of his 20 break points. After the first, Djokovic double-faulted, and he wound up getting broken there. Mini-breaks were aplenty - seven in total - and it was Nishikori's mind games which tricked Cilic into surrendering the set.

But Nishikori broke Cilic in the final game, capturing the match with a blistering service return. Millman said, "He makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".

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