Japanese fans rejoice in Nishikori's US Open win

Sep 7, 2014 1:36 AM

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese fans celebrated Kei Nishikori's stunning win over top-ranked Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open, staying up to the wee hours of Sunday morning to catch a moment of tennis history.

The 24-year-old Japanese ace beat Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in stifling heat to become the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam singles final.

About 350 supporters crammed into a hotel reception area in Nishikori's hometown of Matsue to watch a live broadcast of the match that ended just after 4 a.m. local time.

Matsue, a sleepy, seaside town of nearly 200,000, has been buzzing over Nishikori's success at the U.S. Open, which has included consecutive five-set wins over Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka.

His surprising victory over Djokovic was also the lead story on national Sunday morning TV news programs.

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