Nishikori beats Cilic to reach Washington Open final

Japan's world number five gets the better of US Open champion Cilic in three sets.

    Nishikori is set to move up to number four in the rankings [Getty Images]
    Nishikori is set to move up to number four in the rankings [Getty Images]

    Kei Nishikori exacted a measure of revenge against Marin Cilic when the Japanese world number five overcame the Croatian in the semi-finals of the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington DC.

    Cilic beat Nishkori in the US Open final last year, but after a dismal start the Japanese prevailed 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

    "I had to make some changes," Nishikori said.

    "He was playing very well at the start. I raised my game in the second set."

    Nishikori will meet American John Isner, who survived a tough challenge from compatriot Steve Johnson in the second semi-final.

    Isner defeated the unseeded Johnson 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

    The 25-year-old Nishikori will be chasing his third win of the year and and is already assured of moving up a notch to fourth in the world rankings.

    Nishikori, who has now beaten Cilic in six of their nine head-to-head matches, improved his match record this year to 42-9. Only Novak Djokovic (48-3) and Andy Murray (48-8) have more wins on the 2015 ATP World Tour.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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