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2018 US Open: Novak Djokovic learns possible semi-final opponent as Nishikori beats Cilic

KEI NISHIKORI has reached the semi-finals of the US Open after a five-set win over Marin Cilic.

Cilic won the first set 6-2 but Nishikori fought back to win the next two 6-4 7-6.

But Cilic, US Open champion in 2014 refused to back down and took the match into a decider by winning the fourth set 6-4.

Nishikori got the early break in the fifth set and led by 4-1 but Cilic got back on serve at 4-5.

However the Croatian faltered in his final service game, slipping to 15-40 and Nishikori won the match with a cross-court forehand return.

It means Nishikori reaches a Grand Slam semi-final for the third time in his career.

And it is also the first time a Japanese man and woman have made the semi-finals of the same Grand Slam after Naomi Osaka won her quarter-final earlier today.

Kei Nishikori shakes hands with Marin Cilic (Image: GETTY)


Nishikori said: "It was really tough.

I was up 4-1 and he came back."We always play full sets. It was a great battle with Marin.

"I wish I don't go to five sets every time.

"I tried to fight for every point even though I was really tired.

"At the end, I focused again - focused on one point at a time."

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