Osaka powers into U.S. Open semis by routing Tsurenko

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"I'm just trying to think if we've ever sat down and said, 'All right, look, what can we do to advantage American players when it comes to the court surface?' And I don't ever recall having that conversation in my 20 years here, " Brewer said.

"I always thought if I were to win a grand slam, the first one I'd want to win is the US Open, because I have grown up here and then my grandparents can come and watch".

Up next up for Osaka will be the victor of the evening match between 2017 runner-up Madison Keys, who at 14 is the highest seed left in the women's draw, and Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Her compatriot Nishikori had rather a more hard time of it in his matchup against Maric Cilic, taking five sets to oust the Croat, 2-6 6-4 7-6 4-6 6-4. "Changing a lot of T-shirts, shorts", said Djokovic, who will face 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori on Friday. "This year I have been much more solid mentally".

"I hate matches like this", Tsurenko said.

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Naomi Osaka made the semifinals with a win over Lesia Tsurenko.

The last Japanese woman to achieve a Grand Slam semi-final was Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1996 - a year before Osaka was born. This is her first career Grand Slam semifinal in what's been a year of firsts for her so far.

Former world No 4, Nishikori, finally came to life midway through the second set as he extracted a few errors from Cilic and lifted his own game to fight back from 4-2 down to successfully level things up on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium.

And he has now matched his best Grand Slam performance since reaching the final four of the 2016 US Open with an impressive victory over Cilic.

"I felt good today".

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Keys, who fired six aces and fended off both break point opportunities against her during the match, told reporters that adapting to Suarez Navarro's versatile play proved critical. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who bested Kvitova at Wimbledon, fared even worse and had to endure a humbling 0-6 0-6 loss.

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.

"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".

The Californian has dropped just a single set so far at the 2018 edition of the United States slam, to Aleksandra Krunic in the third round, and has a 2-0 edge against her upcoming Japanese opponent.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the high 80s but feeling about 10 degrees hotter with the humidity. That win came at the grand stage of Indian Wells, where Williams' two past titles came against Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters. She won 20 of her 22 first serves, and she broke Tsurenko's serve five times. "I didn't want to show this kind of game in front of this big crowd, but unfortunately I'm just not able to play now".

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