Sept 7 (Reuters) - Form guide for Japan’s Kei Nishikori ahead of his U.S. Open semi-final clash against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding):
Height: 1.78 metres
Plays: Right handed
ATP ranking: 19
Grand Slam titles: 0
Best U.S. Open result: Final 2014
Nishikori reached the U.S. Open semi-finals by battling past Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who had ended his Grand Slam dream by beating the Japanese in the 2014 final.
The 28-year-old has failed to reach another major final after his fine run in New York four years ago, with a wrist injury late last year further hampering his progress.
Standing in Nishikori’s way in the semi-finals is Novak Djokovic, who enjoys a 14-2 lead in their head-to-head statistics, but the Japanese will take heart from his victory over the Serb at this stage of the tournament in 2014.
ROAD TO SEMI-FINALS:
First round: beat Maximilian Marterer (Germany) 6-2 6-2 6-3
Second round: beat Gael Monfils (France) 6-2 5-4 Monfils retired.
Third Round: beat 13-Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-1
Fourth Round: beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-3 6-2 7-5
Quarter-finals: beat 7-Marin Cilic (Croatia) 2-6 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru)