U.S. Open: Djokovic ends Millman's run to reach semis

Madison Keys

"I'm just trying to think if we've ever sat down and said, 'All right, look, what can we do to advantage American players when it comes to the court surface?' And I don't ever recall having that conversation in my 20 years here, " Brewer said.

Osaka won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Tsurenko, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

She then reached the last four courtesy of a 6-4 6-3 win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

The Ukrainian had a small window to grab momentum but failed to cash in on her three break-point opportunities while trailing 4-1 in the second set and Osaka fought back before cruising through the final game. A short while after her win, Kei Nishikori held off Marin Cilic in five sets to mark the first time in the Open era that a Japanese man and woman advanced to the semifinals at the same Grand Slam. Now, even with all her experience at what is her home Slam, with the crowd firmly behind their home champion, nay, queen, she has said repeatedly that she is not taking anything for granted.

It was a much different outcome from 2014 when the big-hitting Cilic floored the Japanese counter-puncher 6-3 6-3 6-3 to claim the US title.

Only once had Japan had a man and woman reach the quarterfinals of the same major, and Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date both lost in that round at Wimbledon in 1995. Nishikori said this week that he was nervous once that match began, but this one was nothing like that day. That year, she beat already five-time Grand Slam victor Martina Hingis - the unstoppable World No 1, for her title - and summarily also took doubles honours with her sister Venus, the pair's second Grand Slam title. "It would be really cool".

The legend is back: Two-time US Open champion Andre Agassi was courtside for Nishikori's five-set win over Cilic.

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But Osaka has some serious weapons of her own.

"Unfortunately during this tournament I had many issues with my health, and today was not my day obviously".

Japanese media and fans on Thursday rained down the superlatives on tennis stars Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka who made history by both reaching the US Open semi-finals. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who bested Kvitova at Wimbledon, fared even worse and had to endure a humbling 0-6 0-6 loss.

Keys won all 10 of her service games, saving the only two break points she faced. She opened her tournament with a 6-2 6-3 win over Laura Siegemund before crushing Julia Glushko 6-2 6-0 in the second round.

The Californian has dropped just a single set so far at the 2018 edition of the United States slam, to Aleksandra Krunic in the third round, and has a 2-0 edge against her upcoming Japanese opponent.

Osaka celebrated her win calmly and coolly unlike the floods of tears which greeted her last-16 victory over Aryna Sabalenka.

"I really don't think it's that hot, sorry".

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