While Japanese fans were understandably disappointed after Kei Nishikori missed out on the US Open title, his unprecedented run to the final will do much to boost his career and the sport’s popularity in a country where baseball and soccer dominate headlines.
Marin Cilic clinched his first Grand Slam title Monday, shattering Kei Nishikori’s bid to become the first Asian man to win a major with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory in the US Open final.
Instead of Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer for the US Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises Saturday.
Michael Chang knows what it takes to win a Grand Slam title as a player. Lately, as a coach, he’s been trying to transmit some of that knowledge to Kei Nishikori while helping guide him to the US Open final.
Kei Nishikori’s historic run to the semifinals of the US Open was a big hit in The Land of the Rising Sun.