20 September, 2016
Nishikori reached the semi-final - his first at any Slam since he finished runner-up in NY in 2014 - with an impressive 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 triumph over world number two and 2012 champion Murray. After dropping the first five games of the match, he said he turned to his coach - Mikael Tillstrom - and said he was "going to Plan B". Wawrinka needed to save a match point in the third round against 64th-ranked Dan Evans before prevailing in five sets. In the victory, Djokovic won 68 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points.
Wawrinka won the 2014 Australian Open and the 2015 French Open.
Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori defeated Andy Murray in the quarter-finals to reach his second career Grand Slam semi-final in NY and his first since the 2014 US Open. Up 3-2 in the fourth, Djokovic used a medical timeout to get his right shoulder worked on by the trainer and Monfils headed back to the locker room briefly.
When Djokovic completed his career Grand Slam at the French Open in June, it also gave him four major trophies in a row, something last accomplished almost 50 years ago. Adding the championship at Flushing Meadows was further proof that all of the changes Kerber has made are paying off.
So the fluky way his U.S. Open has gone is a benefit, he figures.
The crowd were unimpressed enough to boo early in the third set while ESPN commentator and seven-time major champion John McEnroe said: "You can't support that, I'm sorry".
When he addressed that blowback in his presser, he said he wished he could have told the crowd that he was actually trying his best, but Djokovic's dominance was just impossible to match.
"I thought, at times, that he was maybe behaving a little bit for some terms and judgments unacceptable", Djokovic said.
"I'm competing, you know. I take another t-shirt from my bag and I already feel better".
Monfils forced a fourth set, and Djokovic ripped off his white shirt angrily a la "The Incredible Hulk". He appeared to be acting like he was not interested, and suddenly whip big shots. I hoped and believed that as I progressed in the tournament that things would get better, which they did. I had to change a little bit.
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"It's not easy when you have to play number two, number three, and, you know, Novak Djokovic was waiting in the finals".
Monfils, who had lost all 12 previous meetings between the pair, was playing in his first ever US Open semi-final following a blistering run that had seen him win all 15 sets that he had played, but within 23 minutes he was 5-0 down against Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic seemed on his way to a shattering 6-0 first set over Gael Monfils when the funky Frenchman appeared to stop playing seriously.
But Djokovic became unnerved and let Monfils come back to within 5-3.
Kerber is the first woman from Germany to win the U.S. Open - and the first to get to No. 1 - since her idol and mentor, Steffi Graf, who got in touch via text message before the final. "He's been playing good tennis", said Nishikori who has a double target this weekend.
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Neither a date nor site has been chosen for 2018. He hasn't dropped a set till semis.
"I like John. I think he's a great person". Just different variety. I know him well.
"It's a great feeling, " Murray said in his post-match interview when reminded he's accomplished something his more famous younger brother, Andy, has not by winning two major titles this year. But I guess that was part of his tactics.
They will split $150,000 in prize money for earning the title.
He is the first man in the modern era to reach a Slam semi-final after three retirements or walkovers.
Ram won a silver medal in mixed doubles with Venus Williams at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month.