epa05529416 Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts after defeating Andy Murray of Great Britain during their quarterfinals round match on the tenth day of the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 07 September 2016.  The US Open runs through September 11.  EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT
epa05529416 Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts after defeating Andy Murray of Great Britain during their quarterfinals round match on the tenth day of the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 07 September 2016. The US Open runs through September 11. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT ANDREW GOMBERT

Nishikori holds nerve to shock Murray

JAPAN'S Kei Nishikori has upset world No.2 Andy Murray to reach the semi-final of the US Open.

The 2014 US Open runner-up held his nerve to reverse the defeat he suffered at the hands of the Briton at the Olympic Games.

The 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 loss was Murray's second defeat in 28 games after he took out Wimbledon and the Rio gold medal.

"It was too exciting on the court, but I tried to stay calm,” Nishikori said courtside.

"In the beginning I didn't start well, he has a great return, but I finished well. The rain delay helped me to change tactics.

"I tried to hit a few more drop-shots than usual today and it worked really well today.

"I have great memories of this place and this is a great chance for me in the semi-finals.”

Serena Williams remained on course to move past Steffi Graf and win her 23rd grand slam crown after defeating Simona Halep 6-2 4-6 6-3.

The top seed's serve was broken for the first time in the tournament before Williams lost her first set.

But the American outlasted the fifth-seeded Romanian.

Williams will play 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Ana Konjuh, 6-2 6-2.

More to come


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