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Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates after defeating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2014 US Open. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

Liguori: Marathon Man Kei Nishikori Continues To Make History At US Open

Tenth seed Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player in the Open Era to advance to a Grand Slam semifinal with a five-set win over 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.

09/03/2014

Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, hosts the US Open Tennis Championships. (Credit: Getty Images)

Tennis Fans Flock To Queens For Start Of US Open

It’s the calm before the excitement begins at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows where 700,000 fans are expected to fill the stands over the next two weeks.

08/25/2014

Rafael Nadal (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

2013 Champ Rafael Nadal Out Of US Open With Wrist Injury

It’s only the fourth time in the Open era, which began in 1968, that the reigning U.S. Open men’s champion is not in the field.

08/18/2014

Roger Federer celebrates after winning his final match against David Ferrer on Day 9 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Federer, Serena Head Into US Open On High Note

By now, everyone knows Roger Federer’s itinerary for Cincinnati: Get his game in order, raise the winner’s trophy, leave town with a lot of confidence for the US Open.

08/18/2014

Rafael Nadal (Photo by Scott Heavey/AELTC - Pool/Getty Images)

Nadal Out Of 2 Tournaments Because Of Right Wrist

Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.

07/30/2014

Rafael Nadal celebrates during his French Open final victory on June 8, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images)

Nadal Wins 9th French Open, Tops Djokovic In Final

The “King of Clay” proved that again on Sunday, winning the title at Roland Garros for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

06/08/2014

Rafael Nadal (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Agassi Says Nadal — Not Federer — Is Greatest Tennis Player Ever

Agassi made the comments in an interview with Singapore newspaper Straits Times, saying Nadal’s achievements are more impressive because he has had to deal with tougher opponents.

05/08/2014

Stan Wawrinka celebrates after his victory against Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final of the Australian Open on Jan. 26, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Grand Stan! Wawrinka Upsets Rafael Nadal In Australian Open Final

Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday’s final.

01/26/2014

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against Switzerland's Roger Federer. (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nadal Eases Past Federer In Aussie Semis, Sets Up Final Against Wawrinka

He completed his 23rd win in 33 head-to-heads, and ninth in 11 Grand Slam matches, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours and 24 minutes against the 17-time major winner.

01/24/2014

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Rafael Nadal Simply Unstoppable On Hard Court

The 27-year-old Spaniard, out last year with a knee injury, came back with a vengeance, winning his eighth French Open title in June and his second US Open title, taking home $3.6 million in prize money Monday night in Flushing.

09/10/2013

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during his US Open men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Sept. 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Nadal Puts On Clinic In Final 2 Sets, Demolishes Djokovic For US Open Crown

Looking fit as can be, and tough as — maybe even better than — ever, No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal pulled away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in a taut, tense U.S. Open final.

09/09/2013

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his men's singles semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA)

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Meet Again For US Open Title

The stakes are always high, the encounters always memorable. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have built the best rivalry in tennis on a mountain of big-time matches, the likes of which they’ll play Monday in the US Open final.

09/09/2013

Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka hug at the end of their 2013 US Open men's semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Photo credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Djokovic–Wawrinka Semifinal Was An Epic!

Even though Djokovic won, the crowd was so impressed with Wawrinka’s effort and game, they gave him a well-deserved long-standing ovation after the match.

09/07/2013

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men's singles semifinal match against Richard Gasquet of France on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Nadal To Face No. 1 Seed Djokovic In US Open Final

Rafael Nadal is in the US Open final after victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet.

09/07/2013

Rafael Nadal plays a point against Spain's Tommy Robredo during their 2013 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2013. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal To Face Richard Gasquet In US Open Semis

There’s video evidence out there that Rafael Nadal did, indeed, lose a tennis match to Richard Gasquet. OK, so it was half a lifetime ago, and it was at a tournament in Tarbes, France, for kids 14 and under.

09/05/2013

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