Japan’s Kei Nishikori overcame second seed Andy Murray for a grueling 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 victory on Wednesday to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals.
Nishikori, who became the first Asian man to reach a grand slam final when he finished runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open, broke the Scotsman in the 11th game of the fifth set with a brilliant reflex volley and served out to complete the comeback triumph.
The upset ended a stellar run by Murray that had taken him to seven successive finals, including victories at Wimbledon, the Rio Olympics, Queen’s Club and Rome.
The sixth-seeded Nishikori will meet either double grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka or 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the last four at Flushing Meadows.
In the women’s singles, Karolina Pliskova defeated Croatian Ana Konjuh in two straight sets, 6-2 6-2, to qualify for the semi-final.
The 10th seeded Czech who beat Venus Williams at the 4th round, will now await the winner of the match between World Number one, Serena Williams and Romanian Simona Halep.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I am so excited to be in my first semi-final especially in this tournament I very much love New York and hardcourt season,” said Pliskova.
“I think I played a very good match today.
“I did a quick break in the first game which helped me and I was more calm then and going for my shots.”
It was a ruthless and dominating performance from Pliskova, who did not face a break point while surrendering only five points on her serve.
The big-hitting Czech, who has fired more aces this season than any other player, opened the match with a bang, breaking the unsteady teen on her opening two serves en route to a 4-0 lead.
*Reported by Reuters