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Cilic, Nishikori to clash in US men's open final

TOMORROW morning's US Open men's final will not feature either Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray for the first time in 14 years after a day of huge shocks in New York.

First, on a sweltering day in the Big Apple, 10th seed upset world No.1 Djokovic to become the first Japanese man to reach a grand slam singles final.

Marin Cilic then accounted for 17-time grand slam champion and five-time US Open title holder Federer in straight sets to become the first Croatian to reach a major final since his now coach Goran Ivanisevic beat Pat Rafter to win Wimbledon in 2001.

Nishikori followed up two five-set wins to beat Djokovic 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-3, while Cilic stunned Federer with some power serving to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

The last grand slam final from which Federer, Nadal and Djokovic were all excluded was the 2005 Australian Open title match between Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt.


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