Nishikori turns tables on Cilic in tense quarter-final

Nishikori turns tables on Cilic in tense quarter-final

Nishikori turns tables on Cilic in tense quarter-final

A short while after her win, Kei Nishikori held off Marin Cilic in five sets to mark the first time in the Open era that a Japanese man and woman advanced to the semifinals at the same Grand Slam.

20th seed Osaka used a lethal ground game and solid serving to overwhelm a tired Tsurenko, who laboured in stifling conditions on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Instead, it resembled their 2010 second-round match in Flushing Meadows, when Nishikori rallied to win in five sets in 4:59, the fifth-longest men's singles match by time in U.S. Open history.

To get to Saturday's championship match, 20th seed Osaka will have to get past USA 14th seed Madison Keys who breezed past Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3.

Naomi Osaka of Japan in her quarterfinal match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at Arthur Ashe Stadium during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in NY on Wednesday.

On the other side of the net will be 20-year-old Japanese Osaka, who won at Indian Wells this year and has used a lethal ground game and dogged determination to also reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Kei Nishikori, of Japan, celebrates after defeating Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in NY.

In the end she made it easy, swatting aside unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in under an hour, 6-1 6-1.

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

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 to get to the tournament's semifinals for an 11th appearance in a row.

She dropped only seven points on her serve playing on Arthur Ashe Stadium and needed just 57 minutes to rip through Tsurenko.

She raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set and then 4-0 in the second against the shaky Tsurenko, who finished with more unforced errors than points in her first major quarterfinal.

It was just the latest in what's been a dominant run for Osaka.

Osaka's next opponent will likely be her toughest yet, as she's set to face Madison Keys in the semifinals.

The 2017 U.S. Open finalist defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3 in their quarter-final meeting.

The speedy win over Tsurenko was the third time Osaka has wrapped up victory in under an hour in NY and should allow her to be fresh for Thursday's semi-final.

Suarez Navarro upset former champion Maria Sharapova in the last round and needs another win to become the first Spanish women to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since Conchita Martinez in 1996.

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