Kei Nishikori of Japan speaks to the media after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles semifinal match on Day Thirteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Nishikori defeated Djokovic in four sets 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3.
New York: Kei Nishikori nearly missed the US Open after struggling to recover from surgery to remove a cyst from a toe, the history-making finalist revealed on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Japanese became the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final with a stunning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 semi-final victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.
But having been forced to skip the crucial warm-up Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati, the Japanese star said he wasn't sure if he would be able to play at Flushing Meadows.