Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates after his match against Andy Murray of Great Britain (not pictured) on day ten of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Kei Nishikori stunned Andy Murray to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals, holding his nerve in a gripping final set to move two wins away from becoming the first Asian man to capture a Grand Slam singles title.In a match which featured 17 breaks of serve, Nishikori prevailed for only his second win in nine matches against world number two Murray.His win came just three weeks after losing to Murray in the Olympic semi-finals.Nishikori broke for 1-0 in the deciding set and backed it up for 2-0 before Murray stopped a seven-game losing streak to hold.The Briton was soon 5-4 up but Nishikori, showing nerves of steel, held and broke again before taking victory when Murray blinked first in the 12th game, burying a backhand in the net.Del Potro, the world number 142 and bidding to become the lowest ranked man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 16 years, was out to a 4-1 lead in the first set against Wawrinka.
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