2014 U.S. Open Day Thirteen
U.S. Open Men's Singles Semifinals Saturday Sept 6
10-Kei Nishikori beat 1-Novak Djokovic 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3
14-Marin Cilic beat 2-Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 6-4
U.S. Open Women's Doubles Final Saturday Sept 6
4-E.Makarova/E.Vesnina beat M.Hingis/F.Pennetta 2-6 6-3 6-2
Nishikori Shocks Djokovic, Becomes First Asian to Reach Grand Slam Final
atpworldtour.com: September 6, 2014 New York USA - 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."
Nishikori recorded his third straight win over a Top 10 player. He had prevailed against World No. 6 Milos Raonic in four hours and 19 minutes at 2:26am on Tuesday - tied for the latest finish at the US Open - and against No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in four hours and 15 minutes on Wednesday.
"It was a little tough conditions today," he said of his third FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Djokovic. "It felt a little bit heavy, and humid, too... 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. "I guess I love to play long matches and I hope can recover well for the final."
Cilic Stuns Federer, Completes Day of Upsets
atpworldtour.com: September 5, 2014 New York USA - A first-time Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Monday at the 2014 US Open.
Croatian Marin Cilic earned a place in the championship match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, after producing a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over five-time US Open champion Roger Federer in the second semi-final match Saturday on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nishikori upset World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final.
“It’s just an amazing day for me,” Cilic said in his on-court interview. “I feel amazing. To be able to play like this, I never dreamed of [it], and I think today was the best performance of my career.
“I think Monday’s going to be a sensational day for both of us. I’m extremely happy to be in the final for the first time in my career, and I’m just going to enjoy, be happy and try to win.”
Cilic, who celebrates his 26th birthday later this month, is the first Croatian to reach a major final since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won the Wimbledon title in 2001.
He trails the 24-year-old Nishikori 2-5 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series, though the pair has split their two meetings at Flushing Meadows. Cilic won in the Round of 32 in 2012, while Nishikori prevailed in five sets in their second-round match two years earlier.
Makarova, Vesnina Rallies Past Hingis, Pennetta to Win Women's Doubles Crown
usopen.org: September 6, 2014 New York USA - It was a win in a practice set last year over No. 4 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia that prompted Martina Hingis to launch her doubles-only comeback last year, but the Russians prevailed in a far more important occasion in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Down a set and a break in the women’s doubles final against Hingis and Flavia Pennetta, Makarova and Vesnina hung tough and won their second Grand Slam doubles title together, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Sixteen years after her last US Open doubles title, the ‘90s were alive and well in Arthur Ashe Stadium as Hingis put on a volleying clinic with Pennetta in the opening set. They broke Vesnina to open up the match and began picking on her backhand side. A wild backhand miss from Vesnina on Makarova’s serve gave the unseeded pair a commanding 5-2 lead, and when Hingis easily held serve to wrap up the set, the No. 4 seeds left the court for a bathroom break.
A break of Vesnina’s serve off an unforced error gave Hingis and Pennetta a 3-2 lead in the second set, and it appeared that the match would be one-way traffic. But Makarova showed why she got to the singles semifinals this week by hitting a volley winner to break Pennetta in the very next game. Two games later, the Russians broke Hingis off a volley error from Pennetta, and Vesnina then comfortably held serve to level the match at one set each.
The No. 4 seeds showed impressive mental fortitude after breaking Pennetta to open the third set, saving numerous break points in their next two service games to maintain a 3-1 lead. The Italian then hit what appeared to be a volley winner on break point on Vesnina’s serve, but a Hawkeye challenge showed the ball was wide, and the Russian eventually hit an ace to give her team a 4-2 lead.
Hingis dropped her serve in the next game when Vesnina hit a delicate volley winner. With Makarova serving for the championship, she ripped a forehand up the line on match point, as both players jubilantly jumped for joy.