Marathon man Nishikori outlasts Wawrinka
Kei Nishikori wore down Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 at the US Open last night to become the first Japanese man in 81 years to make a grand slam semi-final.
Two days after needing fours hours and 19 minutes to get by Canadian Milos Raonic in the tournament’s longest match, the 24-year-old Japanese had enough left in the tank to edge Australian Open champion Wawrinka in a four hours and 15 minute test of wills.
With the victory Nishikori claims a bit of tennis notoriety becoming the first Japanese man to reach the last four of a grand slam since Jiro Satoh at Wimbledon in 1933. He will now await the winner between world number one Novak Djokovic and Scotsman Andy Murray who clash late last night.