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Sep 6, 2014

Tennis-Marathon man Nishikori stuns Djokovic to reach final

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Marathon man Kei Nishikori secured a monumental upset by sweating out a 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday to become the first Japanese man to reach a grand slam final.

In a remarkable display of endurance, Nishikori followed up punishing five-set wins over third seed Stan Wawrinka and fifth seed Milos Raonic with an even more extraordinary effort, grinding down the top-ranked Djokovic in two hours, 52 minutes on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Sep 6, 2014

Brave Peng ignores doctors to chase grand slam dream

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Suffering from heat illness and cramps, a brave Peng Shuai ignored doctor’s advice and returned to a baking court determined to complete her U.S. Open semi-final on Friday – only to have her grand slam dream end in agony.

With Caroline Wozniacki leading 7-6(1) 4-3 and closing in on victory when Peng suddenly clutched at her thighs and stumbled to the back wall of Arthur Ashe Stadium court with severe cramping.

Sep 6, 2014

Tennis-Brave Peng ignores doctors to chase grand slam dream

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Suffering from heat illness and cramps, a brave Peng Shuai ignored doctor’s advice and returned to a baking court determined to complete her U.S. Open semi-final on Friday – only to have her grand slam dream end in agony.

With Caroline Wozniacki leading 7-6(1) 4-3 and closing in on victory when Peng suddenly clutched at her thighs and stumbled to the back wall of Arthur Ashe Stadium court with severe cramping.

Sep 5, 2014

Wozniacki reaches U.S. Open final as injured Peng retires

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the U.S. Open final in dramatic fashion on Friday when China’s Peng Shuai was forced to retire due to heat illness, putting the Dane one win away from winning an elusive grand slam title.

Wozniacki was leading 7-6(1) 4-3 and closing in on victory when Peng suddenly grabbed her thighs and stumbled to the back wall of Arthur Ashe Stadium court with what appeared to be severe cramping.

Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki reaches U.S. Open final as injured Peng retires

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the U.S. Open final in dramatic fashion on Friday when China’s Peng Shuai was forced to retire due to heat illness, putting the Dane one win away from winning an elusive grand slam title.

Wozniacki was leading 7-6(1) 4-3 and closing in on victory when Peng suddenly grabbed her thighs and stumbled to the back wall of Arthur Ashe Stadium court with what appeared to be severe cramping.

Sep 5, 2014

Federer pulls off great escape to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer pulled off a great escape by fighting off two match points to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils and reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday, keeping his bid for an 18th grand slam on track.

The stirring 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 comeback win marks the ninth time in his career Federer has rallied from two sets down to snatch victory, setting up a final-four meeting with 14th seed Marin Cilic.

Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Federer pulls off great escape to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Roger Federer pulled off a great escape by fighting off two match points to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils and reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday, keeping his bid for an 18th grand slam on track.

The stirring 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 comeback win marks the ninth time in his career Federer has rallied from two sets down to snatch victory, setting up a final-four meeting with 14th seed Marin Cilic.

Sep 5, 2014

Resurgent Cilic powers into U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 7-6 (4) on Thursday to become the first Croatian to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.

For Cilic, who missed last year’s U.S. Open while serving a doping ban that cost him four months on the tour, the win ended an arduous wait to return to the last four of a grand slam for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open.

Sep 5, 2014

Tennis-Resurgent Cilic powers into U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 7-6 (4) on Thursday to become the first Croatian to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.

For Cilic, who missed last year’s U.S. Open while serving a doping ban that cost him four months on the tour, the win ended an arduous wait to return to the last four of a grand slam for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open.

Sep 4, 2014

Djokovic, Nishikori take long road to semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, while world number one Novak Djokovic and marathon man Kei Nishikori were forced to take the long road into the last four.

Having already played the longest match of the tournament in the fourth round, a bruising four-hour 19-minute battle with Canadian Milos Raonic, Nishikori had enough left in the tank to get past third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 in a four-hour 15-minute test of wills to become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.