File - Novak Djokovic from Serbia falls during his men's singles match against Gilles Simon from France at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London in this June 27, 2014 photo. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Nishikori beats Djokovic in the U.S. open semifinalsWhen you have just played back-to-back five-set, four-hour marathon matches, the last person you would want to face would be an iron-willed world No. 1 with a reputation for out-lasting everyone else on the tour.With the mercury tipping 100 degrees Fahrenheit and in stifling humidity on Arthur Ashe court, Nishikori proved tireless in grinding down Djokovic, winning 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 to become the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final.The 43-8 thrashing was a performance worthy of some of the greatest defensive teams in NFL history and drew comparisons with the Pittsburgh Steelers' "Steel Curtain," the 1985 Chicago Bears with William "Refrigerator" Perry, and the Ray Lewis-led Baltimore Ravens of 2000 .
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