Novak Djokovic to face Kei Nishikori in US Open semi-final

Marin Cilic on the way to a US Open fourth-round victory over David Goffin on Monday

Yet it was Nishikori who claimed two breaks to one in a tense decider, which saw him pegged back from 4-1 up before getting the job done.

Djokovic, the victor in 2011 and 2015, faces Kei Nishikori in Friday's semi-finals, his 11th successive appearance in the last-four.

He is into his third major semifinal - all in NY - but is still in search of his initially Slam trophy.

The No. 20 seed continued what's been a largely dominant run through the draw by winning in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn't even have to play an hour.

"I gave it a crack", said the 29-year-old Millman, who has battled a litany of injuries in his career.

The defending champion and No. 1 seed at Flushing Meadows recovered from his disastrous start and other stumbles along the way to beat No. 9 Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) for a semifinal berth at a third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, winning a physical, back-and-forth tussle that concluded after 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Serving for the set, Djokovic saved an additional two break points, forcing an error from Roger to close the set 6-4 and move a set away from the title (Federer was three from 17 on break points at that moment).

If Djokovic wins in NY, he'll join Pete Sampras on 14 grand slam triumphs, a total only bettered by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Then late in the third, Djokovic pushed the serve clock to zero, and the second time John McEnroe quipped he did it on objective which drew a fault penalty and eventually he lost his break lead.

Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori blazed a trail into the US Open quarter-finals yesterday morning (Singapore time), putting a Japanese man and woman in the last eight together at Flushing Meadows for the first time.

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The sixth-seeded Djokovic was far from his best, but ultimately he didn't need to be to defeat the 55-ranked Millman, who fought gamely and entertained the crowd with his hustle and grit.

"From that point on, I felt the match was quite even", he went on. But Millman scuttled that showdown by stunning the 20-time Grand Slam champ in four sets in the fourth round on a hot and humid evening that Federer said sapped his energy and made it hard to breathe.

Sep 5, 2018; New York, NY, USA; John Millman of Australia serves against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) in a quarter-final match on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. That all changed in the middle of the second set, when the Croat with the score 4:2 managed to lose four games in a row.

"I'm also happy for myself, too, being injured previous year, I couldn't play this tournament".

"I was struggling. He was struggling". "I am really happy to win and to go through matches like this".

Widely considered the best returner in the game, Djokovic kept accumulating chances - and then failing to cash them in. He was able to come through on only four of his 20 break points.

Millman held serve in that game to stay one break behind Djokovic.

"I needed that rest", said Djokovic, who finally gained the decisive break in the penultimate game of the final set then served it out at love.

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