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Keys locks another U.S. Open semi-final

Keys locks another U.S. Open semi-final”

It had taken Williams half an hour to settle into that familiar, chilling rhythm and, once she took the sting out of her opponent's slice, especially on the backhand, she looked more like the player who had taken just 91 games, one surrendered set and six-and-a-half hours to account for five players in this tournament.

She can now equal Margaret Court's tally of major singles championships if she can defeat either compatriot Madison Keys or Japan's Naomi Osaka, who were playing in the second semi-final.

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She's the only member of that quartet who made it back to that round, using her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3.

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Osaka's first serve percentage was only 59 percent but she did not concede a point behind her first serve the entire first set and only surrendered seven points on serve over the match.

Nishikori leads head to head meetings 8-6, he won the last match played at 2018 Monte Carlo semifinals in three sets. Suarez Navarro closed to 5-3 and fought to just her second break point of the match in the ninth game, but Keys came back and after Suarez Navarro's return sailed wide she clenched her fist in celebration. "I wasn't nervous before the match, but as soon as I got into the court, it was different".

He is into his third major semifinal, all in NY but is still in search of his initially Slam trophy.

She said: "It means a lot".

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"It could be another big battle just as at Wimbledon, i like to play always with the Number 1 of the world, doesn't matter the tournament or the conditions or the weather", said Del Potro. And he finished with 53 unforced errors. "I still haven't totally processed this match". 'They wanted to see me play and I wanted to give them the best that I can.

That victory became undeniable as Williams rushed through the second set in 27 minutes, bagelling her dazzled foe, who at times was almost knocked off balance by the power in the champion's shot.

"I was struggling. He was struggling. Changing a lot of T-shirts, shorts", said Djokovic.

Osaka broke in the second and sixth games of the opening set which was wrapped up in just 24 minutes. After the first, he double-faulted, and he wound up getting broken there.

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"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".



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