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  • Country: SRB
  • Rank: 1
  • Points: 2698
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  • Country: JPN
  • Rank: 12
  • Points: 2404
Novak Djokovic  
1 4 6 6 3
3 6 1 7 6
Kei Nishikori  
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Kei Nishikori stuns Djokovic - Kei Nishikori came up with a scintillating performance today to outclass World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open semifinals. The Japanese came out looking fresh and motivated to do well. Nishikori entertained the capacity crowd by producing some absolute jaw-dropping stuff. The Japanese was manufacturing great angled backhands cross-court and was also coming up with picture perfect down the line winners from both the ends of the court. Statistically speaking, Nishikori smashed 37 blazing winners, and was assisted by the 38 unforced errors that the Serbian committed today.

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    3 - 6   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic produces a bodyline serve, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, intense rally, Djokovic sprays a forehand outside the court.
 
Fault. First Fault.
30
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve aimed at T, Nishikori only reaches to it.
15
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Nishikori hammers a forehand return winner.
 
Fault. First Fault.
15
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, Nishikori flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
 
Fault. First Fault.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic aims a fine serve at T, Nishikori only manages to touch it.
0
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori works a forehand return, brief rally, Djokovic fails to keep a cross-court backhand in the play.
 
Fault. First Fault.

Nishikori is just a game away from a place in his first ever Grand Slam final as he has held on to his serve to love to extend his lead to 5-3 in this fourth set. One of the biggest upsets in Grand Slam history is on the cards. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    3 - 5   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a heavy serve. ACE !!!
 
LET. Fast paced serve hits the net cord and drops in the service box, let first serve.
40
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Sizzling serve. ACE !!!
30
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic pushes a backhand long in the rally.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic works a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.

Once again, Novak had an easy time out there on his serve as he came up with one fine serve after another to race through to a hold to 15 in this game. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    3 - 4   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori crafts a forehand return, Djokovic flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
40
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori returns a backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic hits a backhand winner down the line.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, short rally, Djokovic sends a forehand outside the court.
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Mighty serve. ACE !!!
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Gigantic serve in the middle. ACE !!!

What has been remarkable about this match is that Nishikori has not been troubled with nerves at all, instead Djokovic has made all those uncharacteristic mistakes during the tight situations to lose crucial points in games. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    2 - 4   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic works a forehand return, Nishikori flashes a forehand cross-court winner. Djokovic over-hits a backhand in the rally.
40
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Short angled slice serve Djokovic crafts a forehand return, short rally, Nishikori thumps a forehand winner down the line.
30
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Double Fault.
 
Fault. First Fault.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic works a backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic sends a forehand outside the court.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Double Fault.
 
Fault. First Fault.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori hits a good serve, Djokovic struggles with it.

Djokovic was in total control of his serves in this game as he served an ace and a couple of unplayable serves to hold on to his serve to love. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    2 - 3   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Mighty serve. ACE !!!
40
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Gigantic serve in the middle. ACE !!!
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic hits a forehand winner down the line.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic hits a good serve, Nishikori struggles with it.

Djokovic has been unable to find a way to break the Japanese's serve, who has now taken his lead to 3-1 in this fourth set and is potentially three games away from victory in this match. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    1 - 3   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic forehand goes outside the court.
40
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Heavy serve aimed at T, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori backhand slice goes straight into the net.
40
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic works a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori sprays a forehand outside the court.
30
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic delivers a forehand return, Nishikori hits a forehand cross-court winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, Nishikori produces a backhand winner down the line.

A fired up Djokovic was successful in steadying the ship on this occasion as he managed to hold on to his serve to bring the deficit down to 1-2 in this fourth set. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    1 - 2   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve aimed at T, Nishikori only reaches to it.
40
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori crafts a forehand return, Djokovic whips a forehand cross-court winner.
30
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a high kick serve, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic thumps a forehand winner down the line.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Double Fault.
 
Fault. First Fault.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori works a backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic digs in a backhand winner down the line.

Nishikori had put himself in a deep hole in this game as he was down three break points. At 0-40, Novak had three break points to break right back, but failed to capitalize on all those opportunities as Nishikori held on for 2-0 in this fourth set. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    0 - 2   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a forehand return, short rally, Nishikori flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic puts back a forehand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori whips a backhand cross-court winner.
30
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori smacks a forehand winner down the line.
15
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve, Djokovic fails to put it back.
0
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
0
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a backhand return, huge rally, Djokovic hits a forehand cross-court winner.
0
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori dumps a backhand into the net.

Nishikori has virtually put himself in the driver's seat as he has broken Djokovic's serve at the start of this fourth set as well. He is looking in control of the proceedings at the moment. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7    0 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a quick forehand return, short rally, Nishikori thumps a forehand winner down the line.
15
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Double Fault.
 
Fault. First Fault.
15
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori works a forehand return, brief rally, Djokovic cross-court forehand lands out-side the court.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve, Nishikori fails to put it back.
0
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a backhand cross-court winner.

After 67 minutes of first rate tennis from both players, it was Nishikori who bagged the third set in 67 minutes in an intensely fought tiebreaker. All the way through Nishikori was the better of the two players as he was always in the lead - firstly he broke Novak's serve in the 8th game, but the Serb broke right back and then he coasted through to a 4-0 lead in the breaker. However, Kei messed it all over again as he allowed Djokovic to put the set back on track, on serve at 5-4. Yet, it was the Wimbledon champion's poor shot selection that cost him dearly in the end as he committed two mistakes to lose the set 7 points to 4. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 7   
Game
N Djokovic to K Nishikori : IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Nishikori works a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic sends a forehand outside the court.
4
6
N Djokovic to K Nishikori : IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic over-hits a backhand in the rally.
5
4
K Nishikori to N Djokovic : IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Double Fault.
 
K Nishikori to N Djokovic : Fault. First Fault.
5
3
K Nishikori to N Djokovic : IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, hard fought rally, Nishikori pushes a backhand long in the rally.
2
5
N Djokovic to K Nishikori : IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori works a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori produces a backhand cross-court winner.
2
4
N Djokovic to K Nishikori : IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic thumps a forehand winner down the line.
4
1
K Nishikori to N Djokovic : IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic returns a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a backhand straight into the net.
4
0
K Nishikori to N Djokovic : IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori blasts a forehand winner down the line.
0
3
N Djokovic to K Nishikori : IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a high kick serve, Nishikori works a forehand return, brief rally, Djokovic puts a forehand into the net.
0
2
N Djokovic to K Nishikori : IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori generates a forehand return winner.
1
0
K Nishikori to N Djokovic : IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.

Djokovic was very much in the zone in this game as he wasted little time in holding on to his serve to love to take this third set into a tiebreaker. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    6 - 6   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori returns a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori hits a forehand down the line but fails to keep it inside the court.
40
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic produces a backhand cross-court winner.
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Short angled slice serve, Nishikori only manages to touch it.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori works a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic whips a forehand cross-court winner.

Nishikori will at least get a tiebreak to play at in this third set as he has cruised through to a love hold this time around to take a 6-5 lead in this one. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    5 - 6   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Out-wide serve, Djokovic return goes wide off the court.
40
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic is unable to return it.
30
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, short rally, Nishikori strokes a forehand cross-court winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nice serve by Nishikori, Djokovic faces difficulty in returning it.

The fighter in Djokovic has certainly woken up as he screamed a loud 'come on' after holding on to his serve to put the scores on an even keel at 5 all in this third set. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    5 - 5   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori works a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic whips a forehand cross-court winner.
A
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori backhand lands at the net in the middle.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic forehand goes outside the court.
40
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, good rally, Djokovic kicks a backhand down the line out of the court.
40
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic hits a good serve, Nishikori struggles with it.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori works a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori produces a backhand cross-court winner.
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, Djokovic thumps a forehand winner down the line.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori returns a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic hits a forehand cross-court winner.

Against Djokovic you don't get anything for free, but have to earn it. It was all the more evident in this game as Nishikori lost his serve and with that a chance to go two sets to one up in this match. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    4 - 5   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic strokes a forehand cross-court winner.
30
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic puts back a forehand return, brief rally, Djokovic produces a forehand cross-court winner.
30
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic works a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic forehand goes outside the court.
15
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic hits a forehand winner down the line.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic blasts a forehand winner down the line.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic works a forehand return, brief rally, Djokovic hits a forehand down the line but fails to keep it inside the court.

Two spectacular winners - a forehand return winner and a flat down the line gives Nishikori a service break at the right time and a chance to take a two sets to love lead in this match. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    3 - 5   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori generates a forehand return winner.
30
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori works a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.
30
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic hits a good serve, Nishikori struggles with it.
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori returns a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori hits a backhand straight into the net.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, short rally, Nishikori strokes a forehand cross-court winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nice serve by Djokovic, Nishikori faces difficulty in returning it.

What you can do, I can do better, that's what Nishikori is saying to Novak as like the Serb he too holds on to his serve to love to restore his slender lead in this third set. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    3 - 4   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Djokovic works a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic sends a backhand into the net.
40
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a heavy serve. ACE !!!
30
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori hits a forehand cross-court winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, good rally, Djokovic forehand goes outside the court.

Djokovic is showing what a great champion he is as he is simply not giving an inch to his young opponent at the moment and is sailing through his service games within a span of a minute and a half right now. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    3 - 3   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic hits a good serve, Nishikori struggles with it.
40
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Slice serve, Nishikori has no answer to it.
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori cross-court forehand fails to land inside the court.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Huge serve guided at T, Nishikori returns a backhand return, Djokovic hits a forehand cross-court winner.

After Djokovic, it was the turn of the Japanese to hold on to his serve with relative ease as he eased through to a quick hold to 30.

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    2 - 3   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori hits a good serve, Djokovic struggles with it.
40
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic shoots a forehand return winner.
40
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori hits a flat serve at T, Djokovic struggles to put it back.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori hits a forehand cross-court winner.
0
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic is unable to return it.

Djokovic didn't let the disappointment of not pouncing on all those chances that could have given him a service break in the last game affect him as he came up with a nice hold to 30 for 2 all in this third set. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    2 - 2   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a quick forehand return, short rally, Djokovic thumps a forehand winner down the line.
40
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori works a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori whips a forehand cross-court winner.
40
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic hits a good serve, Nishikori struggles with it.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori works a forehand return, brief rally, Nishikori hits a backhand winner down the line.
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Heavy serve aimed at T, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, short rally, Djokovic strokes a backhand cross-court winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori sends a backhand cross-court out of the court.

Nishikori was under all sorts of pressure in this game as Djokovic was virtually all over him in this game and had a number of break points as well to grab an early lead in this third set, but Nishikori saved them all to take a 2-1 lead. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    1 - 2   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Slice serve, Djokovic has no answer to it.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori over-cooks a backhand in the rally.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve, Djokovic fails to put it back.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, Djokovic sends a backhand cross-court out of the court.
 
Fault. First Fault.
40
A
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Double Fault.
 
Fault. First Fault.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori hits a acute angled slice serve, Djokovic works a forehand return, Djokovic produces a backhand winner down the line.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic pushes a backhand long in the rally.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic is unable to return it.
40
A
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a quick forehand return, short rally, Djokovic thumps a forehand winner down the line.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic returns a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic hits a forehand winner down the line.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori hits a good serve, Djokovic struggles with it.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori cracks a backhand winner down the line.
30
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a forehand return, short rally, Djokovic hits a backhand down the line but misses the court.
15
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic slaps a forehand winner down the line.
15
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve placed at T, Djokovic returns a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic blasts a forehand winner down the line.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic delivers a forehand return, Nishikori strokes a forehand cross-court winner.
0
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic generates a forehand return winner.

Djokovic seems to be feeling alright now as he is holding on to his serves and is also giving himself all those chances to break the Japanese whenever there is a slight opening. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    1 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nice serve by Djokovic, Nishikori faces difficulty in returning it.
40
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori crafts a forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic blasts a forehand winner down the line.
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! High kick serve, Nishikori fails to control it.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, short rally, Djokovic forehand is unable to clear the net.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori puts a forehand into the net.

Nishikori is off to a flier in this third set as he breezes through to a hold to 15. The Japanese is still to show any signs of tiredness and in fact is playing some excellent ball at the moment. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1    0 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Slice serve, Djokovic has no answer to it.
40
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic backhand slice fails to clear the net.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori hits a flat serve at T, Djokovic struggles to put it back.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve aimed at T, Djokovic only reaches to it.
0
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic hammers a backhand return winner.

In exactly half an hour, Novak managed to level the scores at a set apiece as Nishikori's game completely fell apart in set No.2. With one error after another, Nishikori helped Djokovic with twin breaks of serve in the 4th and the sixth games and the rest was done by the Serbian himself as he remained aggressive in both his intent and in his play. Djokovic hardly made any unforced errors, but hit as many as 10 winners to seal the deal in the second set. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    6 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve. ACE !!!
40
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Flat serve aimed at T, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic thumps a forehand winner down the line.
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori returns a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic hits a backhand cross-court winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic hits a good serve, Nishikori struggles with it.

The second set is all but over for the Japanese as he has dropped his serve for the second time in this second set to fall 1-5 behind. On the other hand, Novak has been steady in his play and he will now serve to put the scores at a set apiece. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    5 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic smacks a forehand winner down the line.
 
Fault. First Fault.
40
A
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a sharp angled slice serve, Djokovic delivers a forehand return, Nishikori hits a forehand down the line but fails to clear the net.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori sends a forehand outside the court.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic is unable to return it.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori strokes a backhand cross-court winner.
30
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic works a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic nets a forehand down the line.
15
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
 
Fault. First Fault.
15
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori arrows a bodyline serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, short rally, Nishikori cross-court forehand finds the net in the middle.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Short angled slice serve, Djokovic only manages to touch it.
0
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic hammers a forehand return winner.

That's why Djokovic is one of the toughest nuts to crack on a tennis court as his movement is crisp and precise and his ground-strokes are pinpoint accurate. And, all these factors contributed to this service hold that took Djokovic to 4-1 in this second set. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    4 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, Djokovic flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
 
Fault. First Fault.
40
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori delivers a forehand return, Djokovic hits a forehand winner down the line.
30
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic outruns Nishikori with a nice drop-shot.
15
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori shoots a backhand return winner.
 
LET. Low serve barely touches the net cord, let first serve.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nice serve by Djokovic, Nishikori faces difficulty in returning it.
0
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic hits a slice serve, Nishikori returns a quick forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori whips a backhand cross-court winner.

The champion in Djokovic has risen to the task as he has broken the Japanese's serve to take a 3-1 lead in this second set. The Serbinator was simply outstanding with his tactics in this game as he kept on moving Nishikori from side to side of the court and got rewarded for it. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    3 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic shoots a backhand return winner.
15
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic works a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori sprays a forehand outside the court.
15
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nice serve by Nishikori, Djokovic faces difficulty in returning it.
0
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic crafts a forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic hits a forehand cross-court winner.
0
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori forehand is unable to clear the net.

Surely, Djokovic is raising the level of his game and he knows it as he is getting more and more animated after winning a point on his on own serve.  

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    2 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! High kick serve, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori fails to keep a cross-court forehand in the play.
40
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori works a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic sends a backhand into the net.
40
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori over-hits a backhand in the rally.
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori is unable to return it.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori crafts a forehand return, short rally, Nishikori strokes a forehand cross-court winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Huge serve guided at T, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, Nishikori puts a forehand into the net.

Djokovic tried to put that extra bit of pressure on Nishikori, but the Japanese responded to his challenge by raising the level of his play as he held on to his serve to put the scores at 1 all. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    1 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori aims a fine serve at T, Djokovic only manages to touch it.
40
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic delivers a forehand return, brief rally, Djokovic forehand goes outside the court.
30
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a forehand return, short rally, Nishikori forehand goes outside the court.
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic returns a forehand winner.
30
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori aims a fine serve at T, Djokovic only manages to touch it.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic is unable to return it.

Djokovic quickly erased the bad memories of the first set and focused on getting a good start in the second set, which he did as he raced through to a hold to 15. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6    1 - 0   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a quick forehand return, short rally, Nishikori hits a forehand down the line but fails to clear the net.
40
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori returns a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic hits a backhand winner down the line.
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic goes for a out-wide serve, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic blasts a forehand winner down the line.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori is unable to return it.
0
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori works a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori thumps a forehand winner down the line.

After 39 minutes of solid, all-court tennis, it was the underdog Nishikori who took the opening set with a 6-4 scorecard. The Japanese, who had trouble in holding on to his serve in his first service game grew in confidence as the time passed by and he was the one, who drew first blood to accomplish a 2-1 lead. However, Novak went on to up the ante and broke right back to level it up at 2 all. Subsequently, the Japanese player's return game improved in leaps and bounds and it definitely helped him in securing that crucial service break in the seventh game and it was all that he needed as he progressed to serve the set out with a fine hold to 15 in the 10th game. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 6   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nice serve by Nishikori, Djokovic faces difficulty in returning it.
40
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! High kick serve, Djokovic fails to control it.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic goes for a forehand down the line but misses the target.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori puts a forehand into the net.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic works a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic forehand goes outside the court.

Djokovic was in a spot of bother initially in this game as Nishikori had a 15-30 lead, but then quickly turned it around in his favor with the help of an ace and a fine forehand winner. Still, Kei will have an opportunity to grab the first set as he will serve to take it in the next game. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    4 - 5   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic blasts a forehand winner down the line.
40
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori is unable to return it.
30
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, short rally, Nishikori forehand is unable to clear the net.
15
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve sent at T, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic hits a forehand down the line but fails to keep it inside the court.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Nishikori works a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic goes for a forehand down the line but misses the target.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori is unable to return it.

Nishikori made no mistake whatsoever on this occasion in consolidating the service break to stretch his lead to 5-3 in this opening set. The pressure will be back on Djokovic as he will now serve to stay in the set. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    3 - 5   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori hits a forehand cross-court winner.
40
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Huge serve guided at T, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a quick forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic forehand flies outside the court.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic works a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori sprays a forehand outside the court.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic delivers a backhand return, short rally, Nishikori thumps a forehand winner down the line.

With a scorching forehand return winner down the line on an average Djokovic second serve gave the 10th seed a vital break and with that a 4-3 lead as well. Nishikori will now look to take this advantage to 5-3 in the next game. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    3 - 4   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori returns a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.
15
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Djokovic hits a good serve, Nishikori struggles with it.
0
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Nishikori crafts a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori smacks a forehand winner down the line.
0
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve placed at T, Nishikori returns a quick forehand return, short rally, Djokovic nets a forehand down the line.
0
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori delivers a backhand return, good rally, Djokovic backhand lands at the net in the middle.

Nishikori gave Novak the taste of his own medicine in this game as he defended the ball exceptionally well and frustrated the Serb with his unbelievable defensive skills that saw him putting the ball back in play from outrageous positions inside the court. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    3 - 3   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori aims a fine serve at T, Djokovic only manages to touch it.
40
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic returns a quick backhand return, brief rally, Djokovic hits a forehand down the line but fails to keep it inside the court.
30
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a forehand return, short rally, Djokovic goes for a forehand down the line but misses the target.
15
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic works a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori nets a forehand down the line.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic hammers a forehand return winner.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve sent at T, Djokovic returns a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori smacks a forehand winner down the line.

Djokovic makes amends to his game on this occasion and quickly races through to a hold to 15 to take a slender 3-2 lead in this first set. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    3 - 2   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve, Nishikori fails to put it back.
40
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Mighty serve. ACE !!!
30
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori works a backhand return, Djokovic blasts a forehand winner down the line.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori is unable to return it.
0
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori returns a backhand return, Nishikori hits a forehand cross-court winner.

Djokovic gives a perfect response to Nishikori as he breaks right back to level it up at 2 games all. The Serb takes control of the points right from the word with the assistance of his penetrating ground-strokes and never allows his opponent to get into any sort of rhythm in this game. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    2 - 2   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic delivers a forehand return, good rally, Nishikori kicks a backhand down the line out of the court.
0
40
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Djokovic returns a forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori backhand fails to clear the net.
0
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic works a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori cross-court forehand lands out-side the court.
0
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Short angled slice serve Djokovic crafts a forehand return, Nishikori sprays a forehand outside the court.

Much to the dismay of the crowd, it is the Japanese who has broken Novak's serve and is now in the lead in the first set. Firstly, Novak missed a routine backhand down the line and then Nishikori slammed a forehand down the line winner to accomplish the service break. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    1 - 2   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori puts back a forehand return, good rally, Nishikori hits a forehand winner down the line.
30
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Quick serve, Nishikori returns a quick backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Djokovic kicks a backhand down the line out of the court.
30
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Nishikori delivers a forehand return, Nishikori pushes a backhand long in the rally.
15
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Nishikori works a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic cross-court backhand lands out-side the court.
15
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Djokovic serves a good one, Nishikori works a forehand return, Djokovic hits a forehand down the line but fails to clear the net.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori returns a backhand return, Nishikori hits a backhand straight into the net.

Unlike Novak, Kei wasn't smooth in his play as he committed a few unforced errors as well, but still managed to keep the Serb on the back-foot to hold on to his serve for 1 all in this opening set. 

Served By: K Nishikori Won By: Nishikori
Djokovic - Nishikori    1 - 1   
Game
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Fine serve, Djokovic puts back a forehand return, Djokovic forehand is unable to clear the net.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic puts a forehand into the net.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic works a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori goes for a forehand down the line but misses the target.
A
40
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori aims a fine serve at T, Djokovic only manages to touch it.
Deuce
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic returns a backhand return, brief rally, Nishikori forehand goes outside the court.
40
30
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic crafts a forehand return, Nishikori thumps a forehand winner down the line.
30
30
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Nishikori serves a good one, Djokovic crafts a backhand return, good rally, Nishikori forehand flies outside the court.
30
15
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Nishikori hits a good serve, Djokovic struggles with it.
15
15
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Fine serve, Djokovic delivers a forehand return, Nishikori backhand lands at the net in the middle.
15
0
IN, Winner: Nishikori!!! Good serve in the middle, Djokovic returns a backhand return, short rally, Djokovic goes for a forehand down the line but misses the target.

As expected Djokovic makes a blistering start to the match as he serves up an ace and pushes the Japanese deep into the court with his precision oriented play from the back court. 

Served By: N Djokovic Won By: Djokovic
Djokovic - Nishikori    1 - 0   
Game
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Cannon serve. ACE !!!
40
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Short angled slice serve, Nishikori only manages to touch it.
30
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Quick serve, Nishikori returns a quick forehand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nishikori sprays a forehand outside the court.
 
Fault. First Fault.
15
0
IN, Winner: Djokovic!!! Good serve, Nishikori fails to put it back.

The players have arrived on court and are warming up at the moment. 

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Putting aside the Miami walkover, where Nishikori could not even take to the court, the honours are even between the two, with Nishikori having won their last encounter albeit back in 2011 in Basel, but on a hard court.

Day 13 of the tournament is men's semifinals day and in the first of the semis, World No.1 Novak Djokovic will take on the Asian No.1 Kei Nishikori. 

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the US OPEN from Flushing Meadows, New York. 

Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori
  Round Scores S1 S2 S3 S4 S5  
Sony Open Tennis

28Mar 14:00
 
Kei Nishikori
Novak Djokovic       
SF
 
Davidoff Swiss Indoors

05Nov 14:30
 
Novak Djokovic
Kei Nishikori       
SF 1
2
6
2
64
77
0
6
 
Roland Garros

28May 09:15
 
Kei Nishikori
Novak Djokovic       
R64 0
3
1
6
4
6
4
6
Novak Djokovic
  Round Scores S1 S2 S3 S4 S5  
US Open

04Sep 07:10
 
Novak Djokovic       
Andy Murray
QF 3
1
77
61
61
77
6
2
6
4
 

01Sep 21:50
 
Novak Djokovic       
Philipp Kohlschreiber
R16 3
0
6
1
7
5
6
4
 

30Aug 22:10
 
Novak Djokovic       
Sam Querrey
R32 3
0
6
3
6
2
6
2

28Aug 23:50
 
Novak Djokovic       
Paul-henri Mathieu
R64 3
0
6
1
6
3
6
0

26Aug 07:15
 
Novak Djokovic       
R128 3
0
6
1
6
2
6
4
Kei Nishikori
  Round Scores S1 S2 S3 S4 S5  
US Open

09Sep 02:10
 
Kei Nishikori
Marin Cilic       
Final 0
3
3
6
3
6
3
6
 

04Sep 00:10
 
Stanislas Wawrinka
Kei Nishikori       
QF 2
3
6
3
5
7
6
7
7
6
4
6

02Sep 07:05
 
Kei Nishikori       
Milos Raonic
R16 3
2
4
6
7
6
6
7
7
5
6
4

30Aug 20:10
 
Kei Nishikori       
Leonardo Mayer
R32 3
0
6
4
6
2
6
3

28Aug 20:10
 
Kei Nishikori       
Pablo Andujar
R64 2
0
6
4
6
1
     
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