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Saturday / June 15.
  • Nishikori Upsets Wawrinka in Second Straight Epic

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    KeiThe last 48 hours of Kei Nishikori’s life were more epic than yours.

    The good news is, now he has two days to rest.

    After spending a combined eight hours and 34 minutes on court in his last two U.S. Open matches — and finishing his fourth-round match at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday — Nishikori became the first Japanese man to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open since 1918 when they were known as the U.S. Championships.

    In a taut match that spilled from afternoon into early evening inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 24-year-old outlasted No. 3 seed and reigning Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (5), 6-4, in the quarterfinals. In Saturday’s semifinals, he will play the winner of Wednesday’s late encounter between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray for a berth in the championship match.

    Click here for the full story on Metro.

    Photo: ATP Tour

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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