Fresh off his shock comeback win over Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, Kei Nishikori will look to build on that by defeating another slam winner to make his second US Open final. He plays Stan Wawrinka, who has yet to make a US Open final in his career to date. Check out the previous matches and stats of the two players.
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Nishikori looked out of it early on before the tide turned against Andy Murray, eventually coming out on top 7-5 in the final set to deny Murray the chance to make a fourth slam final this year. It was a wild match with 17 breaks from 46 service games played with Nishikori edging the count 9-8. Weakness on second serve will be something he needs to watch out for given he won just 43% on that count in the victory. On a more positive note, the way he fought back after seeing a 4-3 *40-0 lead turn to *4-5 has to count for a lot given common sentiment would be that is something hard to come back from at such a pivotal stage of the match.
Meanwhile, Wawrinka ended the run of Juan Martin Del Potro in fairly straight forward fashion as the Argentinian came crashing back down to earth after a great month. He broke 4 times in the 7-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory over the 2009 winner, backed with 53 total winners and 10 aces in an impressive display of attacking tennis. Despite the rankings difference, Del Potro was seen as favourite with the bookmakers with the assumption he was back to playing at a top 5 level.
“You know it’s going to be painful physically and mentally to stay there, so I had to adapt a little bit my game. It’s not a player that I can really play always the way I want because he’s so aggressive.” said Wawrinka post-match. The Nishikori matchup should allow Wawrinka to play far more aggressive but there will need to be a major improvement from their last meeting. Nishikori won that one 7-6 6-1 but it is their US Open quarter final in 2014 that was far more notable. They played an epic 5 setter that Nishikori won 6-4 in the decider.
Prediction – Stan Wawrinka in 4 sets