Cilic Defeats Federer to Reach U.S. Open Final Against Nishikori

Five-time champion Roger Federer lost his U.S. Open men’s semifinal in straight sets today to 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia.

Cilic, 25, who missed last year’s U.S. Open while serving a drug suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant, won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 against second-seeded Federer, 33, of Switzerland, who holds the men’s record with 17 Grand Slam singles titles.

Federer recovered from a two-set deficit in the quarterfinals to defeat No. 10 Gael Monfils of France in five sets, but could not do the same today against Cilic.

Cilic will next play No. 10 Kei Nishikori of Japan, who upset top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in four sets earlier today to become the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final.

The Cilic-Nishikori match will be the first since 1997 at the U.S. Open featuring two men making their debut in a Grand Slam final. In that 1997 final, Australian Patrick Rafter defeated Briton Greg Rusedski.

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