Djokovic ends Millman's improbable US Open run

Novak Djokovic vs John Millman

Novak Djokovic vs John Millman

Novak Djokovic of Serbia has secured his spot in the US Open semifinals after beating Australia's John Millman in straight sets.

Kei Nishikori overcame seventh seed Marin Cilic in a gruelling five-set match to reach the US Open semi-finals.

But the 13-times major winner's class ultimately told, gaining a decisive break in each set to advance to a last-four meeting on Friday with rejuvenated 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori.

It has already been a successful return to Flushing Meadows for Nishikori who missed the U.S. Open past year with a wrist injury that saw his ranking plunge and put him on the comeback trail that included playing Challenger-level tournaments. "Just trying to find a way to hang in there".

Despite this being the first US Open with the expensive roofs in place, the new coverings only closed briefly on August 31 due to passing rain showers.

It was the battle of the best players in the world and the dominant figures in NY in the last 10 years, with Djokovic prevailing 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 in three hours and 21 minutes to lift his 10th Grand Slam crown and only the second in NY despite playing six finals there. And Roger, you mentioned him. Djokovic held at love in game two and he moved in front on the third break point in game three when Federer sent a backhand long for the first break of the match. "It's easier said than done, especially in these kind of conditions".

"I was struggling, he was struggling, we were all sweating", Djokovic said after the two-hour, 49-minute torture test.

"I don't know the answer".

"It's great to see, " said Nishikori, who is into his third major semifinal - all in NY - but is still in search of his first Grand Slam trophy.

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Next up is a mouth-watering clash against Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro and should Djokovic bag a third NY crown, he would join 14-times Grand Slam victor Pete Sampras in third on the all-time list, trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17).

Keys won all 10 of her service games, saving the only two break points she faced.

This one wasn't exactly simple for Djokovic: He only converted four of 20 break points. That was at Wimbledon in 1995, and both Kimiko Date and Shuzo Matsuoka lost in that round.

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Djokovic said it was fine, because he needed a bit of a rest.

"Just like my entire body was shaking, so I'm really glad I was able to play well today", she said.

"I can only talk about myself", Djokovic said. After the first, Djokovic double-faulted, and he wound up getting broken there.

"I think the guy's beat a brick wall once", Millman said, "because he makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".

The Serbian won only four of 20 break points against an opponent whose surprise run has been one of the stories of the tournament.

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