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Live Reporting

Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So, it's the final we all predicted - 10th seed Kei Nishikori versus 14th seed Marin Cilic. The pair have met on seven previous occasions, with Nishikori winning five of those matches, which works out as a 71% success rate. The pair have twice met at the US Open, in 2010 and 2012, with both enjoying a victory each.

    And while you chew on a mouthful of stats, I shall wrap up this live text. There will be more live text commentary on Sunday for the women's final. Two friends forced to become foes as Serena Williams takes on Caroline Wozniacki. Bye for now.

  2. Get involved


    Stephanie Siu: "It's a testament to the (now former) dominance of Federer that players say beating him is the "best ever performance in my career."

    Mike Willis: "Two new slam champions in the same year. Seems the days of the 'big 4' domination may be over!"

  3. Post update

    Stats of the match: Cilic accumulated 13 aces, while Federer had 12. But the Croat won a whopping 87% of points on his first serve and struck an incredible 43 winners, with Federer at 71% first serve points won and just the 28 winners.

  4. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Has Roger got a Grand Slam win left in him? I think he will win next year's Wimbledon. I think he thought it was on his racquet. If you ask the locker room will he win it once in the next three years I think they would all say yes."

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Is this the beginning of the end of the big four? I don't think so. I think this will refuel them to come back with vengeance. Champions like that tend to come back with a little venom."

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    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

    "And so for the first time since the Safin and Hewitt show in Australia '05, we have a Grand Slam final without either Federer, Nadal or Djokovic. We have to celebrate the fact we have a final without the big four for the first time since 2005. But I think they will be back next year."

  7. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "In terms of the final, Nishikori is quicker, he has a better backhand cross-court even though it is Cilic's best shot. I don't think Nishikori can win another five-setter.

    "If Cilic gets one of the first two sets I think he can wear down Nishikori. But no matter what stage of the match Nishikori will have a game plan because he has Michael Chang in his camp."

  8. Post update

    Marin Cilic after reaching his first Grand Slam final: "It's an amazing day for me. I feel amazing. I think it was the best performance ever in my career. I'm extremely happy to be in my first Grand Slam final."

    Marin Cilic
  9. Post update

    So, there we go. Kei Nishikori becomes the first male player from Japan to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era and Marin Cilic is the first Croat to reach a Slam final since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. Is the big-four dominance coming to an end, asks Greg Rusedski. That's too profound a question for me to answer.

  10. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I think Roger said it at the net to Cilic: Wow, you really played great. He played lights out tennis from the beginning until the end. He just played his dream match. Roger didn't play that badly, he just got beat, overpowered."

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    "It was almost as if Goran Ivanisevic sent his own psyche into the body of Marin Cilic for that final game. He served impossibly well."

    Marin Cilic
  12. Post update

    The stars have aligned strangely today, but it has made for a fabulous semi-final day. Federer quickly departs, head bowed, shoulders slumped. Two first-time finalists in the US Open final, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic, which means there will be an unfamiliar winner on Monday night.

    Marin Cilic of Croatia shakes hands with Roger Federer
  13. Game, set and match

    *Federer 3-6 4-6 4-6 Cilic

    Federer skips towards the baseline and bounces before crouching down to face more Cilic missiles. Cilic in unfamiliar territory, he has never been to a Grand Slam final, never before has he beaten Roger Federer. But nerves? What nerves? Three aces - boom - boom - boom - jaws are in laps, Goran Ivanisevic puffs the cheeks. Three match points. There's no way back from here, surely? Nope. Cilic - backhand down the line - and the five-time champion is outta here.

    Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates with his arms aloft
  14. Post update

    Federer 3-6 4-6 4-5 Cilic*

    What do you do when all around you are doubting? Serve like a demon, securing a hold to love with a rasping ace. Then wipe your face with a crisp white towel and say "over to you, Marin. Have you got the nerve to knock me out?"

  15. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Cilic has been waiting for his chance, his opportunity to break through in a major, but he has tended to combust in his brain in the last 16, the quarter-finals. I have always said spend the money, get the top-notch coach that can convince you that you can do it.

    "Goran Ivanisevic is not cheap. Trust me. But he is top class and it has definitely been worth the money getting him on board. Cilic is over-powering Federer in all aspects."

    Marin Cilic, of Croatia, reacts after a shot against Roger Federer
  16. Post update

    *Federer 3-6 4-6 3-5 Cilic

    Cilic has bounced out of his phone box, whipped off his glasses and donned a red cape. Supernaturally good serving from the 16th seed, giving Federer no hope and no options. A hold to 15 and this match could soon be done and dusted. Cilic a game away from his first Grand Slam final.

  17. Cilic breaks

    Federer 3-6 4-6 3-4 Cilic*

    The Federer fans on Ashe, and there are many, haven't lost faith. The Swiss with a peachy forehand onto the line for a 30-15 lead, but Cilic responds by stepping in and crunching a forehand winner down the line. 30-30. Federer screwing a forehand wide after a tame second serve. Break point Cilic. The Croat's return goes long. Stefan Edberg shuffling uneasily in his seat.

    Wizardry from Cilic - a super return - and he's making the 17-time Grand Slam champion look like a muggle. Second break point. The Croat does not need a third invitation. Wide from Federer and this could be the end of the road for the second seed.

  18. Get involved


    Adam Brand: "This game is now top class, loving this."

    David Dawber: "Federer needs to exploit his opponent's cumbersome movement. Too many errors!"

    Abu Ali: "With no Nadal or Djokovic in the way, Federer will not get a better chance."

  19. Post update

    *Federer 3-6 4-6 3-3 Cilic

    Roger Federer

    A muscly forehand winner from Federer, sparks flying as the ball flies by. At 15-30 the second seed has a sniff, but Cilic simply launches two unreturnables to eke a 40-30 advantage. Federer being forced to gamble, but swings too loose and a netted forehand allows Cilic to level.

  20. Post update

    Federer 3-6 4-6 3-2 Cilic*

    Federer accumulates his 11th ace of the match and nips ahead of his opponent with a comfortable hold, but having battled back from a break down, there's a sense that momentum is with the underdog.

    Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Marin Cilic
  21. Get involved


    Nkumbu Kandy: "All those who predicted Kei and Cilic to reach the finals raise your hands?"

    David Dawber: "Cilic needs to win this match. He'll never play this well again. This is his only chance to win a Slam."

    Jonathon Solomons: "A break isn't a break unless you hold your next service game, Cilic breaks Fed back."

  22. Post update

    *Federer 3-6 4-6 2-2 Cilic

    Mirka Federer and Stefan Edberg

    Federer has amassed 599 victories on hard courts and is hoping to become the first player to hit 600 in the Open Era. Will he achieve that feat today? Even at two sets down, it's difficult to dismiss the Swiss. "Yes," ooze some spectators as Federer skips along the baseline and thumps a return into a zany angle but Cilic has propellers in his trainers and lead in his racquet. He's overpowering and outhitting Federer, and he holds to 30.

  23. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That is not Roger wanted. He is going to have to really think about what his game plan is against Cilic. That has slowed down Federer, just when he was starting to have that strut about him. He needs a quick set here. He is 33, his opponent is 25. That break back changes the tone."

    Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face with a towel
  24. Cilic breaks back

    Federer 3-6 4-6 2-1 Cilic*

    Cilic gambling like a high roller at a Las Vegas casino and his numbers come in. Ding! Ding! Federer forehand long - double break points. Another scintillating return from Cilic, but Federer responds with a snappy volley. One break point saved. But can he dig deep to save another? No, no, no. Cilic with a fabulous backhand winner. A fist-pumper. We're back on serve. I'm not sure my nerves can take this.

  25. Get involved


    Rory Richard Whyte: "Did I say Federer in four? My apologies; hard to type on this laptop. Federer in five."

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    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "Kei Nishikori is briefly watching this semi-final unfold with John McEnroe on CBS coverage. 'Well, it's interesting,' he says. 'Roger is always my idol but I know Cilic is playing really well.'

    "You can hear McEnroe's eyebrow angling upwards as he responds: 'It doesn't matter if you play a guy who's won 17 Grand Slam titles or a guy who's won zero?'"

  27. Federer breaks

    *Federer 3-6 4-6 2-0 Cilic

    Cilic nets his forehand on the opening point and the the decibels rise on Ashe. Those not in the know would think Federer had just collected match point. Clever returning from Federer, stepping in from the baseline, which means Cilic can't negotiate the barrier 0-30, and the New Yorkers are cock-a-hoop about that.

    But their joy is short-lived, with the 16th seed back in contention at 30-30... rollercoaster-like screams as Federer sprints to the net... Cilic can pass him, but he doesn't - his looping backhand bounces beyond the baseline. Break point Federer! The spectators raise their voices. Cheers as Cilic nets his first serve nets. Oh, come on. Federer with a backhand down the line. Break point gobbled up!

    Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after breaking his opponent
  28. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Game on. I don't think Roger cares how he wins this year's US Open - he just wants to win it."

  29. Post update

    Federer 3-6 4-6 1-0 Cilic* (* denotes next to serve)

    Singer Gwen Stefani looks on

    Can Federer come back from two sets down? Singer Gwen Stefani probably has no doubts... A fresh shirt for the second seed, but the same turquoise and blue colours. Two quick-fire aces and the comeback is off to a fine start. Cilic with a sloppy return, the Croat then a little too cute at the net and the five-time champion holds to love.

  30. Game and second set

    *Federer 3-6 4-6 Cilic

    Whoops and whistles as the players prepare for what could be the final battle of the second set. Cilic begins with an ace down the middle. 15-0. The power of Cilic's groundstrokes forcing Federer further and further back. The Swiss nets once, he nets twice. 40-0. Cheers as Cilic dumps a forehand into the tape, which sounds rather unsporting. He concludes the set with a classy ace and the 28-year-old is a set away from the US Open final. Federer must battle from two sets down if he is to win his sixth US Open title.

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This crowd is trying to get behind Federer and turn up the pressure on Cilic."

  32. Post update

    Federer 3-6 4-5 Cilic*

    Cilich fetches a Federer drop shot but the Croat, out of position by the net, is undone by a follow-up Federer volley. Careless at the net from Federer, allowing Cilic to come back from 40-15 to deuce, then advantage. Cilic hitting freely and without fear - a forehand to force the game back to deuce. Federer turns it on, a thumping first serve out wide followed by an angry forehand. Cilic to serve for a two-set lead.

    Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Marin Cilic
  33. Post update

    *Federer 3-6 3-5 Cilic

    Heavy-duty hitting from Cilic. Gasps from a section of the spectators as he produces a colossal serve down the 'T'. Federer sticks out an arm, but he wouldn't have returned that even if he had two racquets. The Swiss nibbles at Cilic's lead, fighting to 40-30 - but Cilic can breathe easy as Federer, opening up for a forehand winner, nets.

  34. Post update

    Federer 3-6 3-4 Cilic*

    Every Federer point greeted with raucous cheers, but Cilic still dazzling despite fighting the greatest of the greats and the crowd, too. The Croat notices Federer creeping towards the tape so he conjures a sublime lob, leaving Federer red faced and bothered. But the Swiss goes on to hold to 30, hanging on to Cilic's coattails.

  35. Post update

    *Federer 3-6 2-4 Cilic

    Cilic the pea-shooter supreme. He throws in another ace... Federer scoots to the net, but the stooping Cilic simply passes him with a backhand winner. Cilic, indefatigable and currently indestructible.

    Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts to shot
  36. Get involved


    John McEnerney: "Which will be the biggest upset, Kei ousting Djokovic or if Cilic does Federer? Kei for me, Fed flat after that five-setter & there for the taking."

  37. Post update

    Federer 3-6 2-3 Cilic*

    At 30-30, the game is in the balance but an ace to the wings swings things Federer's way. Cheers from the crowd. There's no doubting who they're supporting. If not for yourself Roger then fightback for the people... A rare successful serve and volley from Federer and the game is his.

  38. Post update

    *Federer 3-6 1-3 Cilic

    Federer asks whether it's raining. Nice try, Rog. From 30-0 to 30-30 - Cilic straight batting a sizzling return from Federer. The crowd are vocal, cheering on their favourite Federer. The second seed exasperated as his return sails long an another ugly return means that mini revival comes to a shuddering halt.

  39. Post update

    Federer 3-6 1-2 Cilic*

    Cilic can't move his feet quickly enough and drills a return into the tramlines, allowing Federer to wrap up a hold to 15. The Swiss far from his best, but he took a while to hit top form in the quarter-final against Gael Monfils - until the fifth set if truth be told...

    Marin Cilic of Croatia returns a shot against Roger Federer
  40. Game, set and match

    Whiley makes history

    Britain's Jordanne Whiley has made history by winning the women's wheelchair doubles final.

    Whiley and Japanese partner Yui Kamiji beat Dutch defending champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-4 3-6 6-3 to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam after wins in Melbourne, Paris and Wimbledon.

    The win sees Whiley become the first Briton to win the same event at all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year.

    Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain and Yui Kamiji of Japan celebrate
  41. Post update

    *Federer 3-6 0-2 Cilic

    Cilic cruising at 40-0, but he double faults - his first of the match - and that is enough to spark a "come on" from Federer. The second seed upping the ante from the baseline... thud, thud, thud... the pair trading blows until a Cilic backhand trickles towards the tape. 40-30. Nervous? Federer thinks Cilic has overcooked a forehand... replays prove otherwise. It had actually kissed the line and onwards and upwards goes Cilic.

  42. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Cilic has never been to a Grand Slam final before. Dreams are not that far apart from belief. If Cilic can get another set on the board he will really start believing he can win this match."

    Marin Cilic, of Croatia, reacts after a shot against Roger Federer
  43. Cilic breaks

    *Federer 3-6 0-1 Cilic (* denotes next to serve)

    That was only the third set Cilic has won against Federer in six meetings. Just when you started to wonder whether Cilic had much left up his sleeve, he whips up a smart down-the-line winner on the opening point of Federer's serve. Two ore points follow - Federer netting on the forehand - three break points Cilic.

    "Come on," grunts Federer as Cilic plonks a forehand into the tape. More shouting from the Swiss when Cilic fails to return. 30-40. But Cilic with a red-hot return and Federer falters. Strange things are happening in the Big Apple.

  44. Game and first set

    *Federer 3-6 Cilic

    A couple of bludgeoning forehands from Cilic into the Federer backhand has the Swiss on his heels. The second seed defends stoutly, but it is no surprise when he eventually nets. Fabulous from Cilic! Passing Federer with a tasty backhand winner and he confidently secures the set with an ace down the middle. Federer must find a way to tame the big serving Croat.

  45. Get involved


    Ahmed: "Looks like Cilic knows what Federer is going to do before Federer even knows. He looks like a reborn player. Wow."

  46. Post update

    Federer 3-5 Cilic*

    Roger Federer of Switzerland cheer

    Federer, too, treating us to a serving master class. A fourth ace of the match, then a fifth... his serve as reliable as his country's clocks. An easy peasy lemon squeezy hold to 15. Cilic to serve for the set.

  47. Post update

    *Federer 2-5 Cilic

    Cilic serving like Ivanisevic in his pomp. A classy ace to the wings inches him a step closer to the first set. Federer unable to launch an all-out attack, such is the power of the Cilic missiles. Four aces so far from the Croat.

    Marin Cilic of Croatia serves to Roger Federer of Switzerland
  48. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is the biggest game of the set, the last before new balls, which will be slower, so it is Federer's best chance to break back. Federer needs to read the serve well and counter-act Cilic's power."

  49. Post update

    Federer 2-4 Cilic*

    Gasps of admiration from the spectators at Federer's perfectly-weighted drop shot. Cilic, who met Federer in the 2011 US Open but lost in four sets, continuing with his aggressive ploy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Ultimately, it's a trouble-free hold to 30 for Federer.

  50. Post update

    *Federer 1-4 Cilic

    The sun peeks out from the clouds just in time to see Cilic drilling a backhand long, presenting Federer with a break point. Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who is Cilic's coach, applauds as his pupil sees off the danger with a couple of overheads. A 127mph bazooka takes the 14th seed to advantage and Cilic holds firm with another razor-sharp serve.

    Marin Cilic of Croatia hits a return to Roger Federer
  51. Cilic breaks

    Federer 1-3 Cilic*

    Cilic chases a Federer drop shot, but the 28-year-old Croat hasn't quite got the speed to collect. Federer in control at 40-15, but Cilic reins in his opponent - aggression from the baseline paying off. Cilic pouncing on a tame Federer serve for break point. The world number 16 creeps closer and closer to the tape... Federer nets Cilic's crunching volley. Federer is broken! The tennis Gods are playing mind games with us this evening.

  52. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "If you look at the stats in this tournament Federer has won 100 more points than Cilic at the net. Cilic's coach Goran Ivanisevic will tell his player he has to be able to stop Federer from coming to the net. He has the power to do that. But Stefan Edberg, Federer's coach, will be telling his man to get into the net."

    Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Marin Cilic
  53. Post update

    *Federer 1-2 Cilic

    It feels as if the crowd are using these opening exchanges to catch their breaths after the excitement of the previous semi-final. The simply look on in silence as Cilic rapidly collects four points for a hold to love.

  54. Federer the Swiss master

    Roger Federer
  55. Post update

    Federer 1-1 Cilic*

    "You think you can serve?" Federer asks Cilic. "Take a look at this," the second seed adds, rattling off two quick-fire aces to bring a straightforward hold to a conclusion.

  56. Post update

    *Federer 0-1 Cilic (* denotes next to serve)

    For those of you interested in Federer's clobber, he is sporting a turquoise top with aqua blue trim, which happens to be the same colour as his sorts. It's as if he carefully plans his outfit weeks in advance. Luminous pink sweat bands, however, are a sartorial question mark.

    Cilic, who hasn't beaten the second seed in five encounters, to serve first. A howitzer of an ace from Cilic to level at 15-15. A stonking forehand winner for 30-15. The first mammoth rally of the game goes to Federer, thanks to a sweetly-struck forehand into the corner. The Federer forehand was a problem during the quarter-final against Monfils, but has quickly found his grove. The Croat comes away with a hold, though.

    Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot against Marin Cilic
  57. Cilic following in Ivanisevic's footsteps?

    Marin Cilic
  58. Post update

    Mirka Federer shields herself with a program

    Roger Federer and Marin Cilic are on court, knocking up before a sparse crowd. Those ticket holders who quickly ran away from the rain-filled clouds are slowly making their way back onto Ashe.

  59. Post update

    Boris Becker, Novak Djokovic's coach, on Sky Sports: "Too many unforced errors, too many short balls, he invited Nishikori to go for the winners. He played best when it mattered most but I think the key was the third set, Novak had a couple of break points and I think that's where the momentum shifted.

    "He obviously wanted to win the tournament and that cannot be done all the time. He really felt that after the quarter-final he was in a good position. Kei was the better player and he deserved to win. Once the sun hits you, you're affected, you cannot think straight anymore."

  60. Post update

    World number one Novak Djokovic after losing to Kei Nishikori: "He played some great tennis and I congratulate him for his effort, he was a better player than me."

    Djokovic on how Nishikori has improved: "He wasn't using forehand as well as he does now. His backhand is very solid, really aggressive, he's very quick so he gets a lot of balls back and uses every short ball to attack. Now he's all all-round player."

  61. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Novak Djokovic has fulfilled his media duties, looking understandably crestfallen, but he insisted that the prospect of his wife Jelena giving birth to their first child next month had not disrupted his preparation. "Of course I'm in touch with my wife. Of course I am being part of her pregnancy. It's normal. But it's no different for me in terms of preparing for the match and for the tournament. I had all my dedication, everything directed to this US Open. I tried to give my best and I did. Now my best today was not where I wanted it to be."

  62. Play set to resume

    Fans shelter under umbrellas during a rain delay

    Wakey-wakey eggs and bakey. It was not a dream, Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the US Open. The rain has stopped, the puddles mopped up and the second semi-final of the evening, featuring Roger Federer and Marin Cilic, is set to start soon. What would have been the odds on a Nishikori and Cilic final at the start of this tournament?

  63. Rain delays second semi-final

    Big fat rain falling over Flushing Meadows. TV showing replays of the 1989 quarter-final between Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi, which isn't a good sign for those who want to see Roger Federer and Marin Cilic on court.

    Agassi has hair (lots of it), Connors is fighting back in the fifth, bum bags are in fashion and shorts are very tight. We're going to take a break and return to live text action when tennis and fashion is back in 2014.

    Grounds crew members attempt to dry the court
  64. Post update

    Julia Lemigova and Martina Navratilova

    "I have been waiting for the right time to ask Julia to marry me. I thought this was the right place and the right time to pop the question and thankfully I got a 'yes'," says Navratilova.

  65. Martina's marriage proposal

    It's not just Kei Nishikori who is celebrating. Legend of the game Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 singles Grand Slams, has surprised her partner Julia Lemigova by proposing to her during the men's semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. Thankfully she said yes. Another happy US Open memory to add to her four titles there.

  66. Get involved


    Shohidur Rahman: "Cilic is definitely going to get a lot of inspiration from Nishikori's performance."

    Stacy Phillips: "Go Nishikori!! What a run he's on! Love it when someone other than the Big Four gets to the final!"

    Rhosyn Morgan-Davies: "Biggest upset of the year by far! Can't believe it! Amazing performance from Kei Nishikori!"

  67. It's raining

    As feared, it's begun to rain at Flushing Meadows, so there are now doubts over whether a delay is on the way for the second semi-final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic.

  68. Get involved


    Ben Thompson: "What a performance from Nishikori, world class...Definitely a future slam winner." #GiantSlayer

  69. Post update

    Kei Nishikori following his historic win over Novak Djokovic: "I was a little bit tight, especially with it being my first semi-final in a Grand Slam. It's just an amazing feeling beating the number one player. They were tough conditions today. I guessed I would have to play a long match and hopefully I can recover well for the final.

    "He started to play much better after the first set, more aggressive, but I tried to to forget about the second set and focus again. Michael Chang has been helping me a lot, he is the reason I'm here. I hope it's big news in Japan. I feel the support from Japan, even on the TV."

  70. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Wow. That is certainly an upset. A fantastic effort from Nishikori. Djokovic was the more tired at the end of this match on a stifling day. Nishikori's tactics were more clever - he has continued to come up with the goods at this tournament and just played better."

  71. Post update

    Kei Nishikori, coached by Michael Chang, progresses towards his first Grand Slam final and becomes the first Japanese male player to reach a Grand Slam final. "I think it's going to be big news in Japan," says Nishikori.

    Kei Nishikori of Japan greats Novak Djokovic
  72. Game, set and match

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 Nishikori*

    First blow to Nishikori. Has Djokovic any tricks left up his sleeve? Nishikori pushes Djokovic into a big black hole - a super-duper backhand winning return for two match points! Can the Serb find a way out? He saves one break point... the duo then trade blows from the baseline... Djokovic's forehand goes long and his lights go out. But Nishikori's star continues to shine brightly. What a performance.

    Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates
  73. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 3-5 Nishikori

    US basketball legend Michael Jordan watches

    Former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan has managed to get a ticket for the hottest show in town and he's watching Nishikori galloping towards history. Djokovic, with oodles of time, puts too much oomph on a forehand and it sails into the tramlines. The 10th seed finishes with a stylish ace.

  74. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes his face during a break in play

    "I don't know if Djokovic has got the energy to get this back - he may need some help from Nishikori. It will be interesting to see if nerves start to play their part now."

  75. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 3-4 Nishikori*

    Seeds of doubt sown at 30-15, but Nishikori balloons a forehand over the baseline and Djokovic is off the hook. Another booming first serve from the Wimbledon champion to wrap up an easy peasy hold.

  76. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 2-4 Nishikori

    Nishikori's body was known to be a fragile one earlier in his career, preventing him from doing the sort of damage many had expected of him. The 24-year-old, having already been involved in five-set matches in this tournament, showing no signs of physical weakness in brutal conditions on Ashe.

    A double fault, his fourth of the match, proves to be just a blip. Djokovic with a backhand into the tramlines. All Nishikori needs to do is hold his next two service games and an unexpected victory will be his.

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    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Credit to Nishikori after back-to-back five-set matches and then producing this performance. He is a little bit more tired and that is almost suiting him because he is having to go for his winners. He is hitting the ball so cleanly."

    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, reacts after a shot against Novak Djokovic
  78. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 2-3 Nishikori*

    Tennis fans watch play between Kei Nishikori, of Japan, and Novak Djokovic, of Serbia,

    Spectators using all sorts of paraphernalia as make-shift fans in conditions hot enough to melt metal. On the court, it's machine-gun serving from Djokovic. Rat-a-tat-tat. Concluding a hold to love with his 10th ace of the match.

  79. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 1-3 Nishikori

    Nishikori in unfamiliar territory - a first Grand Slam semi-final and facing a seven-time Grand Slam champion - but he comfortably negotiates the road blocks Djokovic tries to throw in his way. Another winner threaded down the line for a 40-15 lead. Djokovic overcooking a return. Nishikori a step closer to victory.

  80. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 1-2 Nishikori*

    Novak Djokovic

    A fourth double fault for Djokovic, who has only accumulated seven during the entire tournament. His serve wobbling and he's forced to watch Nishikori winners fly by. At 30-30 he's in choppy waters once again, but he manages to swim safely to shore. No arm bands or SOS flares required this time.

  81. Get involved


    Michael Blighe: "I love Djoko, but Nishikori is doing a great job here. Hope he keeps it up!"

    Lucy Foreman: "Great to see a good match and some more contenders for the open titles. Nishikori putting on a great show."

    Shohidur Rahman: "Nishikori had to win that set coz of all the chances he had. Still backing Novak to come through in 5."

  82. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 0-2 Nishikori

    Novak Djokovic

    Oohs from the crowd as Nishikori's forehand clips the net. It stays on course, but the 22-shot rally ends with the Japanese player going long. A tame netted backhand follows. Three break points Djokovic. Pendulum swinging at dizzying speed.

    A powerful first serve from the 10th seed. 40-15. The Djokovic backhand faltering 40-30. One break point remaining... Nishikori sprinting towards the tape, Djokovic forced backwards with a deep volley... crisp overhead and he reduces the arrears. Djokovic returns lacking bite, Nishikori taking advantage. Sloppy from Djokovic. A vital hold for Nishikori.

  83. Nishikori breaks

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 0-1 Nishikori*

    Nishikori left the court after the third set, giving fans and players alike time to compose themselves. But Djokovic has yet to find his groove, coughing up a double fault to present his opponent with a double break point. Someone has turned off the lights. I'm not sure I can take anymore of this. A tired-looking forehand from the world number one and Nishikori has early advantage.

  84. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "On a sultry, stifling afternoon it's taken a while for Ashe to fill up and the atmosphere has been a bit woozy, but the man who has now been on court for over 15 hours this tournament has looked the liveliest out there, and the crowd are getting right behind him. Nishikori might have been based in Florida for many years but he is one set away from becoming very, very big news in Japan. Let's hope they're still up at 3:30am."

  85. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    Kei Nishikori

    "These are tough conditions. Really tough conditions. Extreme with the humidity. It is just hard to keep up the level all the time. Nishikori had to win that. I would be very surprised if he could outlast Djokovic over five sets and Djokovic knew that. It's amazing how the pressure turned around."

  86. Game and third set

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-7 (4-7) Nishikori

    Back and forth the yellow ball goes... from side to side... hearts beating faster... 16 shots... 17 shots... Nishikori faltering on the 18th. 5-3 Nishikori.

    The 10th seed still in command, but he double faults and, in a blink of an eye, his advantage is wiped away. 5-4 to the 10th seed with Djokovic serving. But, hang on, Djokovic directs a forehand into the tape, Nishikori with two set points.

    And the world number one is gone gone gone! Nishikori a set away from victory! Djokovic crumbling like a chocolate flake, dragging a forehand wide. Will we go the distance?

  87. Tie-break latest

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-6 Nishikori

    Where were we? Ah, yes, Nishikori romping towards victory. Too much spin for Djokovic to handle and into the tape the Serb's forehand goes once more - 4-0 Nishikori! Could this be a whitewash? No. Let's not get carried away. Djokovic halves the deficit but he double faults! Oh, my giddy aunt. 5-2 Nishikori.

  88. Tie-break latest

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-6 Nishikori

    Nerveless from the 10th seed. First serve on target and he wins the first point. Djokovic's second serve punished and a gentleman in the crowd yells "yes" as the Serb falls 2-0 behind. Nishikori returning aggressively, Djokovic slapping a forehand into the tape. The underdog Nishikori leading 3-0.

  89. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 6-6 Nishikori*

    Apparently it's a egg-frying 96 degrees on Ashe. I'm not sure what that is in new money. 35C perhaps? No sign of fatigue from Djokovic as he concludes a confident hold to love with an ace to the wings. Anyone for a tie-break?

  90. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nishikori's hitting the ball hard and fast - this is still a really tricky situation for Djokovic. If he does get this set you suspect Nishikori will have another dip, but if he doesn't then Nishikori will go for everything in the fourth set to try to get this over the line."

    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns a shot against Novak Djokovic
  91. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 5-6 Nishikori

    Actor Kevin Spacey, right, watches play between Kei Nishikori, of Japan, and Novak Djokovic

    Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey is watching proceedings on Ashe. What does he make of the state of Nishikori's play? The 10th seed as ruthless as one of Spacey's characters, congressman Frank Underwood, collecting three easy points, and a screwed Djokovic return puts the 10th seed in front once more.

  92. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 5-5 Nishikori*

    Two hours have elapsed since the start of this match and we're no closer to finding out who will win this ding-dong. From 40-15 to deuce and the crowd are whipped into a mini frenzy. A lung-busting baseline exchange... Djokovic slicing and dicing and his backhand forces Nishikori to net. Another boomer from the Serb outwits his opponent and the top seed gives out a full-throated roar, which can probably be heard in Staten Island.

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point against Kei Nishikori
  93. Get involved


    Ben Roach: "That double fault could've cost Nishikori the match. Doubt Djokovic will allow that again!"

  94. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 4-5 Nishikori

    Novak Djokovic stretches

    Both players trading missiles from the baseline... Nishikori stepping forward, crunching a forehand winner to level at 15-15. A wince from Nishikori after the next point, he knows he should have done better than plonking his forehand into the tape. A mixture of brilliance and botched jobs from Nishikori. A dreamy backhand down the line for 30-30 but another unforced error presents Djokovic with a break point and the 10th seed surrenders meekly, a double fault. And Djokovic nods towards his camp as he confidently walks towards his chair.

  95. Nishikori breaks

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 3-5 Nishikori*

    Djokovic, an ice towel around his shoulders, focusing into the middle distance during the changeover, like a grand master planning his crowning move. Or maybe not. A double fault probably wasn't part of the grand plan. 0-15 Nishikori. Towards the net Djokovic goes and he does some damage, sending Nishikori haring down a blind alley before seeing him off with a canny volley.

    Nishikori nibbles at Djokovic's lead, though, and at 30-30 the crowd sense danger for Djokovic. Wonderful retrieving from Nishikori! A fabulous crosscourt forehand for break point and Djokovic is beaten with a scintillating return.

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia cools off with an ice towel
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    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nishikori is doing well, he is not engaging in these long rallies. He knows he cannot match Djokovic in that department and that he is not going to win this match in five sets - four is his only chance."

    Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a shot against Novak Djokovic
  97. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 3-4 Nishikori

    A first ace of the match from Nishikori allows him to eke a 40-0 advantage and it's an impressive game from the 10th seed. A serve out wide... a thumping forehand to Djokovic's backhand side. A hold to love.

  98. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 3-3 Nishikori*

    A change of outfit for Nishikori. He replaces a sweaty scarlet top with a toothpaste white number. Cool and fresh and ready to go. Well, sort of. The cameras go in search of Boris Becker, who is squinting in the sunshine. The intensity has dropped a touch as both players attempt to conserve energy. A hold to love for Djokovic. The lifeless Nishikori not bothering to chase the final serve. On this showing, it won't be long until he starts seeing mirages.

    Kei Nishikori of Japan changes shirts
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    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This reminds me of Djokovic's fourth set versus Murray - Djokovic can see that his opponent is slightly lame but not so lame that he cannot produce some stunning winners."

  100. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 2-3 Nishikori

    As Nishikori prepares to launch another howitzer towards Djokovic, a lady in the background is fanning herself in the oppressive heat. Brutal conditions for spectators and players alike. The canny Nishikori keeps the points short and comes away with a hold to 30.

  101. Get involved


    Alex Haworth: "Nishikori looks fried. I think the heat is beating him more than Djokovic is."

  102. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 2-2 Nishikori*

    Djokovic dragging his opponent towards the net with a cushion-soft drop shot from the baseline. Nishikori then forced to backpedal as Djokovic attempts to lob him... The Serb's execution isn't perfect but Nishikori messes up the backhand overhead. An intriguing opening point.

    Djokovic's serving too potent for Nishikori and the Serb skips merrily to 40-15. A needless error from Djokovic, though - pushing a volley wide - and is it a whiff of a sniff for Nishikori? The 10th seed rolls the dice with a loose-limbed forehand return, but it is a touch too loose, a touch too wide.

    Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts against Novak Djokovic of Serbia
  103. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 1-2 Nishikori

    Fabulous from Djokovic - racing towards the barrier to fetch another dodgy Nishikori drop shot, unleashing a formidable deep volley. The Serb like a shark smelling blood - two break points Djokovic.

    But, suddenly, Nishikori morphs into Martin Brody, seeing off the great white with a volley at an irretrievable angle and, then, he forces Djokovic into a cul de sac and beats him with a backhand down the line. Bravo. To deuce we go.

    During a topsy-turvy eight minutes we flow from advantage to deuce to break point. A perfect return from Djokovic and he raises his arms, calling on the fans to increase the noise, and they do. There's also a double fault from Nishikori - the first of the match.

    Otherworldly tennis from both players. Breathless stuff. Trainers screeching, fans screaming... will it ever end? Yes, yes it will. Nishikori scrambling over the line, bitten by his predator but Djokovic unable to inflict a mortal blow.

    Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts after a shot against Kei Nishikori
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    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "My phone has just sent me an 'alarm' notification with a symbol of an umbrella. I'm no meteorologist, but that doesn't look good. All is well above us right now but if one of these two can get through this semi-final uninterrupted, they might get an advantage if the second semi is delayed."

  105. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 1-1 Nishikori*

    Kei Nishikori

    Nishikori going toe-to-toe (or is that racquet-to-racquet) with Djokovic on the baseline, but the Serb is absorbing the 10th seed's biggest punches and the man from Japan messes up the point with a lame drop shot. But the dark horse is soon fist-pumping thanks to a winning forehand into the corner. 15-15. Djokovic gallops to 40-15, though, with an unreturnable bazooka, followed by a well-timed serve volley. Nishikori's defence made of tissue paper, a return drifting long, and that is that. No more to see here.

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    *Djokovic 4-6 6-1 0-1 Nishikori

    A change of racquet for Djokovic for the start of this third set. A floated forehand from the Serb curls inside the court for a wonderful opening point, but Nishikori is unfazed and secures a confidence-boosting opening game.

  107. Game and second set

    Djokovic 4-6 6-1 Nishikori*

    Novak Djokovic

    Cool and crisp serving from the world number one and after one hour and nine minutes, we're even stevens. Djokovic concludes the match with a stylish ace, his sixth of the match.

  108. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 4-6 5-1 Nishikori

    Djokovic has flicked the switch and his engine is now roaring. The Serb dominating from the baseline - and collects two break points for his efforts. A casual-looking return into the tramlines from Djokovic. Nishikori battles to deuce. But from advantage he fails to connect with an attempted forehand and follows up with a forehand into the tape. Third break point Djokovic. The Serb pounces on a tame drop shot and the top seed's killer instinct has returned.

    An image made with a tilt-shift lens showing Novak Djokovic of Serbia hitting a return to Kei Nishikori
  109. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 4-1 Nishikori*

    Fortune favours Nishikori, his forehand clipping the net and not even Djokovic, scooting towards the tape like a panther, can fetch the ball. A sniff for the underdog at 15-30. Top seed Djokovic grunting and groaning from the baseline... but he gets Boris Becker off his seat with a dazzling drop-shot from the back of the court. The crowd applaud in approval. A clinical game from Djokovic, with a touch of showmanship too.

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    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Not a great game from Kei. We talked about the up and down after the number of sets he has played in the last few days. He hit some very makeable shots wide in that game."

    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, reacts after a shot against Novak Djokovic
  111. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 4-6 3-1 Nishikori

    Djokovic stepping in from the baseline, whipping a forehand down the line for a 30-0 lead. Should Nishikori fans be shuffling uneasily in their seats? Yep, I'm afraid so. Nishikori steals one point but goes long on the next to gift two break points to Djokovic and the 10th seed presents the game to his opponent with a cherry on top, screwing a forehand into the tramlines from the back of the court.

  112. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "If I was in the Djokovic-Becker camp right now I'd be worried. He's at risk of going 2-0 down here with Nishikori just going for it. However, if Djokovic gets this one you would still fancy him to do it."

    Novak Djokovic
  113. Get involved


    Alex Haworth: "Would love Nishikori to make a good game of this. Great start from him."

    Toni: "Little hiccup from ND. Don't read too much into it! Kei will learn from this & he'll be better for it but he's going to get schooled!"

  114. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 2-1 Nishikori*

    Pin-point accuracy from Nishikori, a thunderous crosscourt winner sending Djokovic onto the canvas. 15-15. But Djokovic's knees are not for buckling and he's soon back on his feet, keeping the points short and ending the game with a crackerjack of a forehand winner.

  115. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-6 1-1 Nishikori

    At 30-30, this game could swing either way but Djokovic isn't retreiving with his usualy gusto. Nishikori sending Djokovic lunging from tramline to tramline until the Serb can take no more and he goes long. Nishikori follows up with a fine first serve and there's no sign of Nishikori's sparkle dimming.

    Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a shot
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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Nishikori weighs just 10-and-a-half stone, yet he packs a punch that belies that relatively diminutive size."

  117. Post update

    Djokovic 4-6 1-0 Nishikori*

    Actor Bruce Willis and his wife, model and actress Emma Heming

    Novak Djokovic needs to ask himself: what would Bruce Willis do when in a pickle? Bruce would probably launch an ace at his nemesis, which the Serb does, and then send one thudding forehand after another towards his opponent's direction until his rival crumbles, which the Serb does. A straightforward hold.

  118. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Kei Nishikori

    "Few people outside the Nishikori camp can have predicted the first set going that way, with the Japanese player dominating behind his forehand, described by John McEnroe as 'one of the great shots in our sport'.

    "The Djokovic second serve would not qualify for that description at the moment as it's getting taken to pieces, with the Serb winning just three points behind it in the first set."

  119. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nishikori is the one who has settled down the best. He has played some good tennis and tactically it is almost as if Djokovic has expected Nishikori to fall. Djokovic is not going out there to win at the moment, he is going out not to lose it. Nishikori has been punishing those short balls."

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after losing the first set against Kei Nishikori
  120. Game and first set

    *Djokovic 4-6 Nishikori

    A hush descends on the usually boisterous Ashe as Nishikori steps up to start this game. It was so quiet you could hear a spectator blink. Djokovic, eyes widening, getting ready for a punch-up, but he's unable to get his opponent into a headlock.

    A casual Djokovic backhand drifts long. Nishikori with a nerve-easing unreturnable serve down the 'T'. 40-15 and the crowd applaud the under dog. Nishikori, playing in his first Grand Slam semi-final, but concluding the first set like an old pro.

    Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, wipes sweat from his face
  121. Post update

    Djokovic 4-5 Nishikori*

    Ole! Today is a good day to be Kei Nishikori. A two-handed backhand threaded down the line has the spectators purring as Nishikori advances to 15-30. But he slaps into the net on the next point and Djokovic reduces the arrears - an ace followed by a confident serve and volley. Nishikori to serve for the set.

  122. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Kei Nishikori is doing the right things at the minute. He is very relaxed. Djokovic is the one who looks very tense. He knows he has a fight on his hands.

    "When Nishikori is in trouble he is just absolutely unleashing, he knows he doesn't want to get dragged from side to side by Djokovic. So far his big shots are going in."

  123. Post update

    *Djokovic 3-5 Nishikori

    Djokovic isn't the sort of man to be easily rolled over. When you think he's dead, he usually comes bouncing back. But a 118mph boomer of a first serve down the 'T' - Nishikori's fastest of the day has the beating of Djokovic and there will be no Djokovic fight back in this game. A trouble free hold to 15 for the 10th seed.

  124. Nishikori breaks

    Djokovic 3-4 Nishikori*

    Kei Nishikori

    Nishikori has ripped up the script and decided to write his own story, a romantic tale of an underdog, a man who has already come through two epic five-setters, rattling the best player on the planet.

    A wonderful backhand down the line earns Nishikori three break points. A change of tactic from Djokovic as he volleys his way out of danger. One break point saved. Exquisite shot-making from Nishikori, a down-the-line forehand clips the line and Djokovic is broken once again.

  125. Post update

    *Djokovic 3-3 Nishikori

    It seems to be hotter than a volcano's belly on Ashe. Neither player troubled by the temperature as they go lunging from tramline to tramline in a lengthy game.

    At 15-15, Nishikori nets a straightforward backhand volley, another unforced error from the 10th seed's racquet. Admirable athleticism from Djokovic on the baseline...he seems to be playing his opponent as if he were a computer game, but the Serb comes a cropper when in a position of dominance - ballooning a forehand long. He despairingly raises his arms and blames a spectator's yell. Opportunity missed. Nishikori marches on.

  126. Post update

    Djokovic 3-2 Nishikori*

    Djokovic back to his best on the next game, serving with aplomb. Nishikori netting a return on the final point and the game seems to be over before it truly began. Hold to 15.

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves against Kei Nishikori
  127. Djokovic breaks back

    *Djokovic 2-2 Nishikori

    Andy Murray broke Djokovic in the opening game of their quarter-final, but Djokovic responded by immediately breaking back. The Serb nicks two early points off the Nishikori serve, then drags his opponent into a lengthy baseline exchange and Nishikori butchers a backhand. Three break points Djokovic. He needs just the one. Nishikori goes long and it's as we were.

  128. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "A poor game from Djokovic. Kei Nishikori's coach Michael Chang had a very similar style of play. With his experience he would have said to Nishikori 'in my career I wished I had bit more oomph in my game to compete with the Agassis and Sampras' - you are going to have to step it up and have more power'. That's exactly what he did then to get the break. Djokovic got the first shot back, but he couldn't do anything about the next one. Nishikori has speed and some real weapons."

    Michael Chang, right, coach of Kei Nishikori, of Japan, watches
  129. Nishikori makes history for Japanese men's tennis

    Kei Nishikori
  130. Nishikori breaks

    Djokovic 1-2 Nishikori*

    Mother Eri Nishikori prepares to watch her son Kei Nishikori

    Kei Nishikori's mum, Eri, is on the sidelines watching her son in his first Grand Slam semi-final, which is nice, and she has much to be proud of in this game.

    The 10th seed's backhand clips the net, but the pouncing Djokovic is unable to take advantage, slapping his volley into the tramlines. A nasty-looking slip from Djokovic on the baseline as he watches Nishikori's return bounce long. All square at 30-30. Careless from Djokovic as he goes long - break point Nishikori! And it's a brilliant point from the 24-year-old as he works Djokovic out wide and kills him off with a thumping forehand down the other side. Cripes.

  131. Get involved


    John McEnerney: "Novak to dispatch Kei fairly quickly. This is the Big Boys' Playground & the big boys will do their thing. Wimbledon final repeat."

  132. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "Nishikori has spent 13 hours and 34 minutes on court battling through to the last four, but asked just now how he is feeling, he replied: 'Not too bad. I had two days, so I recovered well. It wasn't easy but now it's good. It's always tough to play Novak, he's very steady and won't give me free points, so I'll have to stay concentrated'."

  133. Post update

    *Djokovic 1-1 Nishikori

    Who was the first Japanese player to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam? I can help with that question. It was Ichiya Kumagae, who made the last four of the US Championships in 1918 when the tournament was held in Forest Hills.

    Back to the tennis, an energy-sapping rally for the first point, with Nishikori coming out on top. The underdog screws a backhand down the line on the next point. 15-15. Djokovic nets a return, but the 10th seeds gives the world number one a sniff with a faulty forehand. 30-30.

    A confident one-two from Nishikori, though - a first serve out wide followed by a winning return to the other side. But, again, he gives the game's finest retriever hope so to deuce we go. Advantage. Deuce. A mammoth first service game is not what the player from Japan needs... Testing times for Nishikori, but he pulls through.

  134. Post update

    Pat Cash

    1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a terrific week for Kei Nishikori. He's had a couple of really tough five-set matches. He's been the tougher player, the better player and he has shown progress the last couple of years. He's quick, his backhand is world class, his serve is something that needed to be worked on and he has.

    "It is now very solid. Now he is a real threat, he scares these players. We saw how well he played versus Nadal in Madrid before he got hurt and last time he played Djokovic he won the third set 6-0!"

    Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns a shot against Novak Djokovic
  135. Post update

    Djokovic 1-0 Nishikori*

    Djokovic gets the match under way and does so with an iffy first serve which is way out of bounds. "OUT" screams the linesman, though he really needn't have bothered. Djokovic rattles off three easy points, the 10th seed going long and then netting a return, and the Serb finishes with an ace down the 'T' for a comfortable hold to love.

  136. BBC coverage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    If you need more than words to sustain you through the next eight hours or so (really?), there are options available. You can listen to live coverage of both semi-finals by visiting the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page. Or click on this link. No need to thank us.

  137. Post update

    The US Open does attract the great and the good. Leonardo DiCaprio was watching Djokovic's quarter-final against Andy Murray, while Thierry Henry and John Slattery came to watch Roger Federer in action against Gael Monfils.

    Kei Nishikori of Japan poses with Novak Djokovic of Serbia prior to their men's singles semi-final

    It's as warm as a pizza oven in the Big Apple apparently. The players are on court, limbering up as is their want. Both are wearing white caps to keep the sun's piercing rays at bay. We are about five minutes or so from kick-off, unless Rhod Gilbert decides to delay matters by doing a routine beforehand...

  138. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    We've been warned to expect storms at some stage this afternoon but, for now, it's as hot, humid and sunny as it has been for most of the fortnight. Hopefully Kei Nishikori has spent most of the time lying in a darkened room since he was last seen on Ashe. The stars are in for men's semi-final day, and among those listed are Bruce Willis, Sean Paul, Woody Allen, Gladys Knight, Rhod Gilbert, Kevin Spacey, Gene Wilder, Carmelita Jeter… hang on, Rhod Gilbert?

  139. Post update

    Novak Djokovic

    First onto the dancefloor are world number one and top seed Novak Djokovic and 10th seed Kei Nishikori. Should the first match go to script, Djokovic will be the man taking a step closer to the title.

    Kei Nishikori

    But Nishikori is in the form of his life and is eyeing history - by becoming the first Japanese player to play in the singles of a Grand Slam.

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    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the US Open men's semi-finals. After 12 wonderful days of players lunging and scurrying after yellow felt, the men's section has been trimmed and just the four remain. Step forward, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori, Roger Federer and Marin Cilic.

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    Only two players can stop the top seeds from colliding in the final. Will Flushing Meadows host a showdown between two of the sport's greats on Monday night or can the dark horses cause the sort of upset that would turn over a hundred apple carts? Let's lose ourselves in live sport.