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Djokovic beats heat and Millman to reach U.S. Open semis

Djokovic beats heat and Millman to reach U.S. Open semis

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point against John Millman of Australia in a quarter-final match on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

John McEnroe has come under fire for his early treatment of Australia's John Millman in commentary at the US Open.

Osaka, the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1996, broke Tsurenko five times during a match that only lasted 57 minutes.

Osaka was an easy victor in her quarterfinal, eliminating unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in all of 57 minutes.

The 20-year-old Osaka said she was nervous, claiming to be "freaking out inside" - though it certainly never showed.

On Saturday, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will meet Naomi Osaka, who was age 1 when Williams won her first Grand Slam in the 1999 women's final.

She is now coaching, and says her dream now is to bring a player to a Grand Slam tournament.

Both players spoke to the umpire about the boisterous hum coming from the late-arriving Arthur Ashe crowd.

Still in search of her first Grand Slam title, the 14th-seeded Keys reached her third semifinal in the past five majors by using her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night. Changing a lot of T-shirts, shorts, " said Djokovic, who will face 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori on Friday.

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.

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The Croat has saved some of his best tennis for Grand Slams in recent times having reached the final of the Australian Open this year and also at Wimbledon last year so he will not be lacking in self-belief that he can go further.

Millman, who beat Roger Federer in the previous round, returned after a brief interval but found no joy against Djokovic's serve and the Serb broke the Australian in the penultimate game before serving out the second set.

Although the scoreline looks straightforward, Djokovic had to fight through the match. It's one of the first times it's happened to me.

Kei Nishikori turned the tables on Marin Cilic to reach the US Open semi-finals for the third time after another dramatic encounter at Flushing Meadows. 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 was struggling, he was struggling", Djokovic added.

Widely considered the best returner in the game, Djokovic kept accumulating chances - and then failing to cash them in.

Djokovic's momentum only grew as he took the early break once again. "Just trying to find a way to hang in there". "So it came down to a couple points".

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

The tide continued to turn in the third as Nishikori chipped away at the faltering Cilic with a third successive break. Millman said, "He makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".


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