Kei Nishikori Makes Name for Himself as US Open Runner-Up

Crushed in straight sets by Marin Cilic in the US Open final, Kei Nishikori stood tall in his defeat and was backed by a very vocal support.

updated: September 09, 2014 07:50 IST
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Japan's Kei Nishikori during the US Open final against Marin Cilic. He lost 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.


New York: Japan's Kei Nishikori won't leave New York as the first Asian man with a Grand Slam title, but his US Open near-miss has shown him what he's capable of.

Nishikori fell 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to Marin Cilic in Monday's title match, a battle of first-time Grand Slam finalists. (Full match report)

Chants of "Kei, Kei, Kei" rang out in Arthur Ashe Stadium as fans tried to lift him, but after dispatching three of the top five seeds in punishing encounters he was no match for Cilic's power and precision. (Also read: Cilic puts Croatia on tennis map, again)

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