Nishikori downs Cilic in US Open marathon

Nishikori downs Cilic in US Open marathon

Nishikori downs Cilic in US Open marathon

They arrive in the final four with a major gulf in Grand Slam experience. "I mean, there is still semi-finals", she said. She's still in search of major title No. 1. Williams' serve has been excellent so far in NY and she has a healthy lead at the top of the ace race with 60. It was odd enough to see a player be allowed to do that during, instead of after, a set, but even odder for it to happen after an even number of games, rather than at an odd-game changeover. She is looking for a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy that would tie Margaret Court for the most in tennis. She clearly knows mine. So obviously I know her game really well. So this time I went straight to the net. Williams is leaving nothing to chance.

Sevastova has never been ranked higher than No. 15.

The 29-year-old has also reached the quarterfinals of the three other Slams including Wimbledon this year, the first Japanese man to do so in 23 years. But the 28-year-old Latvian, who left the pro tour for 16 months ending in January of 2015 with recurring illness and injury, is 15-3 in recent matches.

Sevastova will not be able to match Williams for power. She lost to Sloane Stephens in the semis of the French Open back in June.

It promises to be much cooler Thursday evening, and it's unlikely Williams will be out of sorts with an epochal achievement so close at hand.

Cilic did level at 4-4 but his erratic play continued as Nishikori stole the set with the help of two double faults in the tiebreak.

'I hope I can play her here. It's hard to imagine Sevastova getting more than two games per set.

Osaka defeated Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to her first career Grand Slam semifinal. That win was followed by a 4-6 6-1 6-2 comeback victory against Ekaterina Makarova and a seesawing triumph against seventh seed Elina Svitolina who she bested 6-3 1-6 6-0.

Meanwhile, Osaka won a Masters title at Indian Wells and with her strong run in NY, where she will next play 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, she has picked up more of a following from the Japanese media - though she believes there's a different reason for that.

All that seems to be behind them now. They are very powerful, big serves, big hitters, both of them.

It was just the latest in what's been a dominant run for Osaka. Other times, like the match today, I will try to be more consistent.

'I'm just really grateful that she's playing again. "I think we're pretty similar in that sense".

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