It is safe to say many of us are sharing this same sentiment as top-seeded Novak Djokovic was upset in the U.S. Open semifinals by 10th seed Kei Nishikori; 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Becoming the first man from Asia to appear in a Grand Slam final, Nishikoria shocked the world on Saturday in heat registering a staggering 100 degrees. Nishikoria will now face
Roger Federer Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open finals to be held Monday.
While Nishikori demands all respect and praise from his victory, one couldn’t help but notice the uncharacteristic performance by Djokovic. The normally sure-handed Serbian made unusual errors in his attempt to reach his fifth straight U.S. Open final. In a match that featured numerous wasted break points as well as double faults, Djokovic allowed Nishikori to control the pace of the contest on his own terms.
Despite losing a possible marquee finals showdown between Djokovic and Federer, the U.S. Open has to be pleased regarding the level of competition that has stemmed from their men’s matches. From Federer’s astounding comeback to Nishikori’s stunning upset, the U.S. Open has featured a few memorable performances here in 2014.
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