Novak Djokovic wins over Kei Nishikori

The US Open 2018,on Friday night Novak Djokovic cruises past Kei Nishikori to reach the final.

Djokovic wins 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 over Nishikori to reach final.

Third set: Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 2-6 Djokovic

Djokovic falls behind love-15 on his serve but wins a pair of short points to come within two points of the title. Nishikori gets it to 30-all, but loses the next point to give Djokovic a match point after 2hr 21min. Nishikori saves it but moments later Djokovic earns another and this time he delivers, ripping a dazzling backhand winner to book a place in his 23rd major final and eighth at the US Open!

Djokovic breaks in seventh game of third set!

Third set: Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 2-5 Djokovic* (*denotes next server)

Nishikori wins the opening point but three consecutive unforced errors from the backhand side make it 15-40, and give Djokovic a pair of break chances. He crunches a 113mph ace to save the first, but another mishit backhand gives Djokovic the break. The Wimbledon champion will serve for a place in the final after the change of ends!

Third set: *Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 2-4 Djokovic (*denotes next server)

Another stress-free hold for Djokovic, who’s ahead a break and two games away from the finish line.

Third set: Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 2-3 Djokovic* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic gets it to 30-all on Nishikori’s serve. Nishikori hits a forehand volley winner for game point, but a misfired backhand on the next point brings it to deuce. Moments later Djokovic has another break point to all but end the match, but a Nishikori backhand winner saves it. Nishikori is able to hold from there but he’s still trailing by a break.

Third set: *Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 1-3 Djokovic (*denotes next server)

Djokovic backs up the break with a casual love hold as the match hits the two-hour mark.

Djokovic breaks in third game of third set!

Third set: Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 1-2 Djokovic* (*denotes next server)

Nishikori falls behind love-30 and then 15-40 on his serve, giving Djokovic a pair of break points. He needs only one, earning the first break of the third set when Nishikori sends a backhand into the net.

Third set: *Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 1-1 Djokovic (*denotes next server)

A half-chance for Nishikori, who gets it to 30-all on Djokovic’s serve. But he mixes in a pair of unforced errors and Djokovic is clear with the hold. Nishikori is currently 16-for-17 (94%) on net points won, begging the question why he’s not coming in more frequently.

Third set: Nishikori 3-6, 4-6, 1-0 Djokovic* (*denotes next server)

Nishikori is on the board in the third set after breezing through a love hold.

Djokovic wins second set for 6-3, 6-4 lead!
Second set: Nishikori 3-6, 4-6 Djokovic

Djokovic races to 30-love and 40-15, then watches as Nishikori deposits a backhand into the net on set point, putting the Wimbledon champion within one set of Sunday’s US Open final. Djokovic has just been wearing Nishikori down from the opening bell, often forcing him to hit three or four winners to take a point, and it’s started to take its toll.

Second set: Nishikori 3-6, 4-5 Djokovic* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic gets it to 30-all on Nishikori’s serve, moving within two points of the set. But Nishikori is able to force the Serb into a couple errors and hold from there. Djokovic to serve for a two-sets-to-none lead after the changeover.

Second set: *Nishikori 3-6, 3-5 Djokovic (*denotes next server)

Another elementary hold for Djokovic, who punctuates it with a backhand volley winner. Nishikori will now serve to stay in the second set.

Second set: Nishikori 3-6, 3-4 Djokovic* (*denotes next server)

Nishikori holds fairly easily but he’ll need to make progress on the Djokovic serve in the next few games if he has any home of avoiding going two sets down.

Second set: *Nishikori 3-6, 2-4 Djokovic (*denotes next server)

Some more deft volleying from Nishikori puts Djokovic behind love-15, but the Serb wins four quick points from there to hold and consolidate the break.

Djokovic breaks in fifth game of second set!

Second set: Nishikori 3-6, 2-3 Djokovic* (*denotes next server)

More pressure for Nishikori, who falls behind love-30 on his serve. Then another blistering return by Djokovic leads to another quick point and three chances at a break for Djokovic. Nishikori saves the first two with a pair of winners, then the third when Djokovic can’t return a volley into the court. But moments later Djokovic has a fourth break opportunity and this time he converts it when Nishikori dumps a forehand into the net.

Second set: *Nishikori 3-6, 2-2 Djokovic (*denotes next server)

Djokovic breezes through another service game, capping it with a crisp inside-out forehand winner from just inside the baseline.

Novak Djokovic cruises past Kei Nishikori to reach US Open final/getty images

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