8 Sep 2016

Kei locks in semi-final berth at US Open

10:33 am on 8 September 2016

Japan's Kei Nishikori has overcome second seed Andy Murray in a grueling five set enounter to reach the US Tennis Open semi finals

Nishikori, the six seed, won the match 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 to advance to the final four at Flushing Meadow in New York.

Nishikori, who became the first Asian man to reach a grand slam final when he finished runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open, broke the Scotsman in the 11th game of the fifth set with a brilliant reflex volley and served out to complete the comeback triumph.

Kei Nishikori is through to the US Open final for the second time.

Kei Nishikori is through to the semi-finals of the US Open. Photo: Photosport

The upset ended a stellar run by Murray that had taken him to seven successive finals, including victories at Wimbledon, the Rio Olympics, Queen's Club and Rome.

Andy Murray has failed to reach the US Open semi-finals.

Andy Murray. Photo: Photosport

The sixth-seeded Nishikori will meet either double grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka or 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the last four at Flushing Meadows.