Djokovic to face Nishikori in 11th US Open semi-final

Naomi Osaka 2018 US Open

Naomi Osaka 2018 US Open

Up next up for Osaka will be the victor of the evening match between 2017 runner-up Madison Keys, who at 14 is the highest seed left in the women's draw, and Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Osaka routed Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches in the tournament that she finished in less than an hour.

The last Japanese woman to achieve a Grand Slam semi-final was Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1996 - a year before Osaka was born.

Keys, the runner-up to Sloane Stephens a year ago, took her record over Suarez Navarro to 4-0 thanks to a break in the ninth game of the first set and sixth of the second.

This night was cooler, as the temperature dipped into the 70s, but the humidity was above 80 per cent, so with Millman drenched, he sought permission for a wardrobe change at 2-all in the second set.

"I don't know why but it's always a battle with Marin", said Nishikori, who stretched his career record over the seventh-seeded Croatian to 9-6.

Nishikori overcame a ferocious comeback from Marin Cilic to prevail in five sets 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

Keys, who is also an Australian and French Open semifinalist, will face Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka for a spot in the decider. "I mean, there is still semi-finals", she said. She is now based in Florida, trains with Bajin at Evert's academy in Boca Raton, and made the decision to play for Japan largely because of financial reasons - the Japanese federation offered more support money than the U.S. Tennis Association. Nishikori said this week that he was nervous once that match began, but this one was nothing like that day.

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"Great! I want to see her go against Serena in the final", said one Twitter user.

"I think it's because of Kei", she said, holding her hands apart to show how much bigger Nishikori is in Japan, from where her family moved to NY when she was 3.

There were other issues for him, too, including in the third set when, ahead by a break, he was called by the chair umpire for allowing the 25-second serve clock, making its Grand Slam debut at this tournament, to run out on back-to-back points.

"I was freaking out inside and my whole body was shaking but overall I am most proud of not breaking a racquet".

Keys faced only two break points, one while serving for the victory in the final game, and saved both. "I used to play here when I was a little kid, so these courts aren't new to me", Osaka said.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the high-80s (30s Celsius) but feeling some 10 degrees hotter with the humidity.

"I think the guy's beat a brick wall once", Millman said, "because he makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".

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