US Open 2018: Day 10 sets up super SFs with Japanese focus

Less drama today but instead some very personal triumphs.

Osaka rolls on after one match too far for Tsurenko

In the least competitive match of the day, Naomi Osaka looked extremely solid as she dismantled an arguably already broken Lesia Tsurenko 1 and 1.

All the Japanese had to do was stay solid before her opponent – who has been brilliant en route here including that memorable win against Wozniacki – made another error.

Keys outlasts creative Carla

Again last year’s finalist looked good here, soaking up the flair and angles of Suarez Navarro and calmly powering her way through each exchange.

Suarez Navarro’s best days are probably gone now, but this was a fine resurgence and you never know what lies ahead.

For Keys though, this could be her year, or equally she could tank in the next round; we just never know with her.

Revenge is sweet for Nishikori after 2014

In a match of fluctuating momentum set by set, it was Nishikori who prevailed in five after his opponent seemed to tank a little bit.

Cilic has arguably the bigger, better game and one more capable of dictating a match, but Nishikori’s offence proved just as clinical here. Cilic doesn’t have such defence to rely on if his attacking game isn’t proving effective.

Djoko far too good for Millman

Adopting Roger’s ressurection of the volley to great effect, Novak was never really troubled here and looks by far the sharpest competitor left.

Millman brought nothing from his previous win to the party here, there was no sign of that rip roaring backhand cross court. But then Novak was too good anyway.

Semi final picks

Williams to beat Sevastova in 2

Keys to beat Osaka in 3

Nadal to beat DelPo in 4

Djokovic to beat Nishikori in 4


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