Nishikori Makes Tennis History, Becomes First Asian Man In Grand Slam Final New York City, U.S.A. by ATP Staff | 06.09.2014

Showdown: Japan's Kei Nishikori meeting No1 seed Novak Djokovic for the finals

Showdown: Japan’s Kei Nishikori meeting No1 seed Novak Djokovic for the finals

Nishikori Makes Tennis History, Becomes First Asian Man In Grand Slam Final

Nishikori Makes Tennis History, Becomes First Asian Man In Grand Slam Final

Japan’s Kei Nishikori made tennis history on Saturday when he became the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam singles final.

Tenth seed Nishikori defeated top seed and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 at the US Open. He will play second seed and five-time former champion Roger Federer or No. 14 seed Marin Cilic in Monday night’s championship match.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” said Nishikori in an on-court interview. “I was a little bit tight, especially since it was my first semi-final in a Grand Slam. It’s just an amazing, amazing feeling, beating the No. 1 player. I’m so happy.

“It was a little tough conditions today. It felt a little bit heavy, and humid, too. I guess I love to play long matches and I hope can recover well for the final.”

“He started playing much better, very consistent and more aggressive, but I tried to forget about the first and second sets and tried to concentrate again.

Nishikori, who has beaten Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka at the US Open, rises to No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Race To London in the battle to clinch a spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.

Djokovic had been attempting to reach his fifth straight US Open final – and his sixth straight overall. 

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