Novak Djokovic reached the US Open semi-finals after
continuing his flawless record in the last eight with victory
over Roger Federer’s conqueror John Millman.
The 31-year-old earned a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over the
Australian world number 55.
The Serb, twice champion at Flushing Meadows, has now
won all 11 of his quarter-final matches in New York.
Kei Nishikori overcame seventh seed Marin Cilic in a
gruelling five-set match to reach the US Open semi-finals.
Both players struggled in an error-strewn encounter with high
temperatures in New York again a factor.
Cilic made a dominant start to lead by a set and a break
before his level dropped to allow Japan’s 21st seed Nishikori
to take a 2-1 lead.
Cilic recovered to force a decider but Nishikori edged through
2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 in four hours eight minutes.
Nadal edged a tense fifth-set tie-break to win 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7
(4-7) 7-6 (7-5)
Former champion Juan Martin del Potro reached the US Open
semi-finals with a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 win over John
Isner on another gruelling day.
In the female category,
Serena Williams passed her toughest test so far at the US
Open to beat Karolina Pliskova and reach the semi-finals for
a ninth consecutive time.
Williams, seeded 17th, trailed 4-2 in the first set but hit back
to win 6-4 6-3 against the Czech eighth seed.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka reached her first Grand Slam semi-
final with a dominant victory over Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko
at the US Open in New York.
The 20-year-old will play American 14th seed Madison Keys,
last year’s beaten finalist, after she defeated Spain’s Carla
Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-3.
Osaka won 6-1 6-1 against her unseeded opponent in 58
“I was freaking out inside,” said Osaka. “My entire body was
shaking, so I’m glad I was able to play well.”
The 20th seed becomes the first Japanese woman to reach a
Grand Slam semi-final since Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in
Defending champion Sloane Stephens has been knocked out
of the US Open in the quarter-finals after defeat by Latvia’s
19th seed Anastasija Sevastova.
The American third seed seemed to struggle physically in
high temperatures in New York, with the extreme heat policy
again in place.
Stephens hit 27 unforced errors and lost 6-2 6-3 on Arthur
This is the semisemi finals fixtures
Serena Williams v Anastasija Sevastova (00:00 BST)
Madison Keys v Naomi Osaka follows