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Tennis: Djokovic downs Murray to set up US Open semi clash with Nishikori

Published on Sep 4, 2014 4:51 PM
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory over Andy Murray of Great Britain during their US Open 2014 men's quarterfinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center on Sept 3, 2014 in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Novak Djokovic reached an eighth successive US Open semi-final, downing Andy Murray 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (1/7), 6-2, 6-4 to set up a clash against Kei Nishikori for a place in the title match.

World number one Djokovic, the 2011 champion, clinched his 50th win in New York and 13th in 21 meetings against his childhood rival who had taken the 2012 title.

Nishikori, the 10th seed, had earlier needed more than four hours to defeat third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 to become the first Japanese man in the semi-finals in 96 years.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic and Murray had spent a record-equalling 4 hours 54 minutes contesting the 2012 final and their quarter-final clash threatened to surpass that mark when they needed over two hours to get through the first two sets of a tie that started on Wednesday and finished Thursday.

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