US Open Men’s Final: Nishikori vs. Cilic — Live Blog

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It’s not utterly a U.S. Open final anyone anticipated: Kei Nishikori opposite Marin Cilic.

Nishikori, a No. 10 seed, and 14th-seeded Cilic, conjunction of whom had ever reached a Grand Slam final before. This is a initial Slam final but Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal given a 2005 Australian Open final between Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt.

Even with Nadal, a reigning champ, not competing due to a wrist injury, people approaching a common large names to take a title. With Djokovic and Federer both in a semis, that looked illusive once again. But Nishikori and Cilic kick them, and surprisingly easily—in 3 and 4 sets, respectively.

The highway to a finals hasn’t been so easy for these two, however. Just to get a date with Djokovic, Nishikori indispensable to win five-setters opposite No. 5 Milos Raonic and No. 3 Stan Wawrinka. After that, four sets opposite a No. 1 actor in a universe substantially didn’t seem too bad.

That being said, Nishikori’s “genius” was speckled from an early age in Japan.

Cilic also had a five-set match, going a stretch to kick No. 26 Gilles Simon in a fourth round. Since then, he kick No. 6 Tomas Berdych and Federer in true sets.

What does it all mean? It means we’re in for some-more of Nishikori’s endurance, eagerness to play out prolonged rallies and strike expertly placed groundstrokes. And that’s usually if he can frequently lapse a absolute offer of Cilic, who bounced Federer while winning 80% of his first-serve points and removing damaged usually once all match.

Maybe it’s a destiny of tennis, as WSJ columnist Jason Gay wrote. No longer a universe of majors dominated by Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and a dash of Murray. But it’s really a U.S. Open final, so it’s doubtful to disappoint.

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