Tennis: Saturday at the US Open

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Roger Federer will bid to reach his first US Open final in five years when he takes on Marin Cilic at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.
The Swiss star reached six finals in a row – winning five of them – from 2004 until 2009 but has not been back to the championship match since a dramatic defeat to Juan Martin del Potro.
This year Federer made serene progress until the quarter-final stage, where he was forced to come from two sets down to beat Gael Monfils, saving two match points in the process.
Now he faces another tough test against in-form Cilic, although he has defeated the Croatian on all five previous occasions the two players have met.
Cilic, who defeated sixth seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets last time out, will be playing in the second grand slam semi-final of his career, while Federer will be appearing in his 36th.
But the No 14 seed is enjoying possibly the best year of his career, winning two ATP titles and reaching the last eight of Wimbledon before his run in New York.
“I feel I’m playing probably the best tennis of my career,” said Cilic, who is currently being coach by compatriot Goran Ivanisevic.
Not satisfied
“But I’m not getting satisfied too easy. I made it to the semis and it’s completely different for me now than in 2010 (when he last reached the semi-final of a grand slam).
“At that time I was maybe a little bit too shocked and I didn’t know how to deal with it afterwards. But now I’m cool and it’s going well.”
Federer and Cilic are second on at Arthur Ashe Stadium following the conclusion of the other semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori, which gets under way just after 5pm UK time.
World No 1 Djokovic is aiming to reach a fifth straight US Open final and stay on track to add a second title to the one he won against Rafael Nadal in 2011.
Djokovic has dropped just one set in the whole tournament so far while Nishikori, in contrast, is coming off back-to-back gruelling five-set victories.
Nishikori, like Cilic, is benefitting from improved form this year after linking up with a big-name coach, in his case former French Open champion Michael Chang.
“He’s a very, very good player. I think he’s playing the best tennis of his life in the last 12 months,” Djokovic said of his opponent.
“He started working with Michael Chang and he changed a few things in his game. He serves very efficiently.
“Obviously he’s very, very fast, maybe one of the fastest players on the tour. To be able to come back after winning against (Milos) Raonic at 2.30am, again five sets, it’s pretty impressive.”
Nishikori is the first Japanese man to contest a grand slam semi-final since 1933. No Japanese man has ever made a final.
The other contest at Arthur Ashe on Saturday will be the women’s doubles final, which sees Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta take on Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

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