Keys overpowers Navarro, reaches U.S. Open semis

Tennis US Open

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Nishikori won the rematch of the 2014 final in a match that lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes.

NEW YORK-Naomi Osaka charged into the first Grand Slam semifinal by a Japanese woman in 22 years, routing Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Only once in the professional era that began in 1968 had Japan had a men's and women's player in the quarterfinals at the same tournament.

Before Nishikori, only Shuzo Matsuoka had made the last eight in men's singles in a major at Wimbledon in 1995.

However Nishikori fought back and took the next two sets before Cilic forced a decider.

'I wish I don't go to five sets every time.

This time, Keys will play No. 20 Naomi Osaka on Thursday night for a chance to reach the final again.

Meanwhile, two-time US Open champion Djokovic will be playing in his 11th consecutive semi-final in NY, just two months after defying the odds to lift a 13th major at Wimbledon.

The US Open has been her most successful Grand Slam and she has had big match experience on the Arthur Ashe Stadium before, having brought Maria Sharapova's high profile run to an end previous year in the fourth round. I try to fight every point even though I was really exhausted.

She leads Osaka 3-0 in head to head and most recently defeated the 20th seed in straight sets in the third round at Roland Garros in June.

Last year's runner-up, at the Flushing Meadows, Madison Keys, reached the semi-final after overcoming Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3.

She purported to be "freaking out inside", even if it certainly never showed.

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

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"Today was not my day, obviously", Tsurenko said. She clearly knows mine.

Osaka then took the set 6-1 with an ace then broke Tsurenko immediately at the start of the second after the Ukrainan went long.

Tsurenko labored in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical timeout in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second.

Keys and Suarez Navarro met three times previously, with Keys winning all three matches in three sets.

"Long, but not too long", the 13-time Grand Slam victor added.

On Wednesday, Osaka only needed 12 winners because a whopping 31 of her other points came via unforced errors by Tsurenko. "I wasn't nervous before the match, but as soon as I got into the court, it was different".

"I think we play similarly", Keys said of facing Osaka. I think she can win a title now. "And not shying away from those, but just really being honest about it and talking about it".

This is the third year that the U.S. Open is being contested with a roof available at Ashe.

He is into his third major semifinal, all in NY but is still in search of his initially Slam trophy. I remember I wasn't there for the match.

Next up for Nishikori is a clash against either two-time champion and former world number one Novak Djokovic or John Millman, the Australian who stunned Roger Federer in the fourth round. 'They wanted to see me play and I wanted to give them the best that I can.

I felt like in the first couple rounds, I was still struggling a little bit with the level. "Changing a lot of T-shirts, shorts", said Djokovic.

The Croat rebounded to take the fourth and the rollercoaster ride continued into the fifth with Nishikori grabbing the advantage with a break at 3-1 and taking Cilic's serve again with a blistering return victor to close out victory.

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