Kei Nishikori takes on Marin Cilic in the US Open final…
Where: Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York, USA
When: 22.00 GMT
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Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will both be chasing their first grand slam victory later tonight, as they do battle in the US Open final.
This is a final that without question, nobody saw coming. In an era of dominance by tennis’ big four, there is going to be a second maiden major winner this year, with either the 10th or 14th seed set to lift the trophy and follow Austrailian Open winner Stan Wawrinka into the record books.
This will also be the first time that a major final has been contested without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic since the 2005 Australian Open final, which was between two former No. 1s Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt.
The pair have more than earned their place in the final however: Nishikori, 24, took out three top-five seeds in a row: No. 5 Milos Raonic, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and then No. 1 Novak Djokovic, playing 14 sets in the process, while Cilic, 25, toppled No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 2 Roger Federer in straight sets.
Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic have squared off seven times in their career, with Nishikori leading the head-to-head matchup, 5-2. They’ve also met at the U.S. Open twice in their careers, splitting those matches
An interesting subplot is that Nishikori’s coach Michael Chang and Cilic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic were also rivals during their careers, with the former leading the head-to-head battle 6-5.