New Delhi: While the men's singles event of US Open 2014 will witness a rare finale, it will be a huge moment for Japan as their 24-year-old tennis player Kei Nishikori is seeking to become the first Japanese men's player to win a Grand Slam title.
Nishikori has had a brilliant US Open this year where he outclassed the likes of Milos Raonic and Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the semis. The Japanese fans couldn't have asked for more from Nishikori, as he became the first man from Japan to reach the US Open semifinals in 96 years!
Nishikori was knocked out in the first round of the US Open last year. Many believed his journey at this year's US Open would end in the semis, where he was up against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
But Nishikori, who is playing the best tennis of his career ousted the Serbian as a result of some scintillating tennis. Nishikori didn't let the pressure of playing against the World No. 1 affect his game and he made several new fans across the world by becoming the first Japanese male player to reach a Grand Slam final.
Nishikori is now up against Marin Cilic who also created an upset in the second semi-finals where he knocked out 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in straight sets. While Cilic has a big serve, it isn't going to be easy for him against Nishikori who has outclassed established players in the last Grand Slam of the year.
Tennis isn't a popular sport in Japan, but Nishikori's success at the US Open 2014 should have inspired several youngsters to take tennis as a career.