Kei Nishikori Bids for US Open Title and Asian Lift-Off

Kei Nishikori defeated Novak Djokovic in the US Open semis to set up a title clash against Marin Cilic who ousted Roger Federer.

updated: September 08, 2014 08:16 IST
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Kei Nishikori celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles semifinal match.


New York: Japan's Kei Nishikori, the first Asian man to make a Grand Slam final, faces fellow first-timer Marin Cilic for the US Open title on Monday hoping to open a new frontier in tennis in Asia.

After top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were disposed of in the semi-finals, the championship match will be the first not to feature either Djokovic, Federer or Rafael Nadal since the 2005 Australian Open. (Also read: Nishikori vs Cilic in battle of unexpected heroes)

No wonder Nishikori is still pinching himself after knocking out Wimbledon champion and seven-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic in the semi-finals.

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