Nishikori stuns Djokovic in US Open semifinals

Posted at 3:39 PM, Sep 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-06 15:39:04-04
2014 US Open - Day 13

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Kei Nishikori of Japan greats Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia after their men’s singles semifinal match on Day Thirteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Nishikori defeated Djokovic in four sets 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic in four sets at the U.S. Open.

Nishikori won 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in stifling heat Saturday afternoon. He had played five-set marathons in his last two matches totaling more than 8 1/2 hours, yet he looked far fresher than a player known as one of the fittest on tour.

Under coach Michael Chang, the 1989 French Open champ, Nishikori has sharpened his mental game to pull out victories like these.

The midday sun beat down on Arthur Ashe Stadium and a thermometer on court showed the temperature nearing 100 degrees (37 Celsius), not counting the humidity of close to 70 percent.