Nishikori cites Djokovic’s aggressive play in exit

NEW YORK: Kei Nishikori was run ragged by Novak Djokovic in their US Open semifinal on Friday and conceded he had been overwhelmed by the Serb’s aggression and energy. Djokovic needed just two hours and 23 minutes to record a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory at Flushing Meadows as Nishikori came off second best in every department. “He was playing aggressive. Yeah, I didn’t have (much) energy to stay with him. He was hitting side to side,” Nishikori told reporters. “Wasn’t easy to stay with him tonight.” Nishikori, beloved in his home country and among the world’s highest paid tennis players thanks to a bevy of endorsement deals, entered the match with the odds stacked against him, trailing his Serbian competitor 2-14 in their previous meetings. — Reuters