Washington: Japan's Kei Nishikori avenged his loss to Marin Cilic in last year's US Open final, defeating the Croatian 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 Saturday to reach the ATP and WTA Washington Open final.
Kei Nishikori returns to Marin Cilic. Pic/AFP
The 25-year-old Asian number one rallied to oust the reigning US Open champion and advanced to Sunday's title match against US eighth seed John Isner, who fired 31 aces and saved three match points to edge American Steve Johnson 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9).
Fifth-ranked Nishikori improved to 6-3 all-time against Cilic in their first meeting since he missed a chance to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam title by losing last year's Flushing Meadows final. "It's great to have revenge," Nishikori said.
"Today I was playing very much better against Cilic. It was important to play well. Hopefully I will keep it going."