Kei Nishikori delighted to reach first Grand Slam final

Japan's Kei Nishikori celebrates winning his men's singles third round match against Italy's Simon Bolelli on day seven of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2014
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Kei Nishikori is delighted to have reached his first Grand Slam final courtesy of a shock victory over Novak Djokovic in the last four at Flushing Meadows today.

Kei Nishikori has expressed his delight at having become the first Asian man to reach the final of a Grand Slam.

The world number 11 stunned top seed Novak Djokovic in the last four of the US Open this evening to set up a final against either Marin Cilic or Roger Federer.

The 24-year-old admitted after the match that he was a little nervous at playing in his maiden Grand Slam semi, but could not hold back his joy at having progressed at Flushing Meadows.

"I don't know what's going on. I was a little bit tight, especially with my first semi-final in a Grand Slam. It's just an amazing feeling, beating the number one player and playing much better than the last couple of matches," Nishikori told reporters after his historic victory,

"I'm so happy. It was tough conditions but I guess I love to play long matches and I hope I can recover well for the final.

"I hope it's big news in Japan. I feel the support from Japan, even from the TV. It's 4am in Japan but I hope a lot of people are watching."

Nishikori took just under three hours to beat Djokovic 6-4 1-6 7-6[4] 6-3.

Kei Nishikori celebrates victory over Donald Young during their Australian Open third round match on January 18, 2014
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