Both semifinalists wore the ‘Uniqlo’ clothes… It was their 1st meeting since Basel ’11 when Nishikori stunned Djokovic 2-6, 7-6, 6-0… Nishikori led *5:3 in the 3rd set. He becomes the first Japanese male player in history to advance to a Grand Slam final. Three fellow JPN men lost the major semifinals in the interbellum:
Ichiya Kumagae (US Open 1918)
Zenzo Shimizu (Wimbledon 1920-21) *
Jiro Sato (Australian Open 1932, Roland Garros 1931, ’33 and Wimbledon 1932-33)
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