Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Extreme Heat And Open Roofs Leaving US Open Stars Frustrated

Extreme Heat And Open Roofs Leaving US Open Stars Frustrated

The unseeded Australian, who had sensationally dumped out Roger Federer in the previous round, was no match for the Serb, who always had the upper hand as he ran out a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victor to make his 11th straight USA open semi-final.

The Japanese star has now reached the quarter-finals of the last two majors and this represents a return to the big time after his injury problems at the end of 2017 and the beginning of this year.

Osaka had it much easier, continuing what's been a largely dominant run through the draw by winning in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn't even have to play an hour.

When they played in the third round in 2016, Keys overcame a 5-1 deficit in the third set against a tearful Osaka, then just 18 years old.

The No. 21 seed gave Japan a men's and women's semifinalist at the same Grand Slam tournament for the first time in the professional era.

"It could be another big battle just as at Wimbledon", said Del Potro.

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"They were loving his effort, rewarding him with a great round of applause", he said of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd after a 25-shot rally.

Djokovic moved a step closer to a third championship at Flushing Meadows and a 14th Grand Slam title overall by eliminating Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to get to the tournament's semifinals for an 11th appearance in a row.

Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open victor, held a news conference to announce her retirement as Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic battled it out in another lengthy contest on Arthur Ashe Stadium. "The first one was to win Roland Garros, and the second was to become top 10 in the world". Novak will try to reach his 7th US Open final and 22nd Grand Slam final.

Having recovered from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 in the breaker, Cilic double-faulted twice in succession and another missed first serve proved costly at set point down as Nishikori pounced on the second delivery with a backhand return victor.

The hot and humid conditions, which left Federer out of breath, took their toll on Djokovic who looked sluggish early in the second set.

Kei Nishikori overcame seventh seed Marin Cilic in a gruelling five-set match to reach the US Open semi-finals.

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"I accomplished that. So I'm very, very happy and lucky that, as we say in Italia, 'It's done, this part is done.' After 20 years of career and life, I have new dreams".

Novak Djokovic managed to do what Roger Federer could not: beat 55th-ranked John Millman at the U.S. Open.

"I was struggling. He was struggling".

'He's got one of the best two-handed backhands in the game and very quick, ' Djokovic added. Tactically, you've got to find the right balance between being patient but constructive in the point, but at the same time be aggressive and take the chance when you have a shorter ball. "So it came down to a couple points".

Once again, however, the Australian was broken at 4-4, upon which Djokovic served out to love to complete his victory.

"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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Cilic, who won their final meeting in straight sets, was pushed to the limit this time around with Nishikori extending his dominance to nine wins from 15 meetings.

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