Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns the ball against Marin Cilic, of Croatia, at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Nick Wass
August 08, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday in the Citi Open semifinals in their first showdown since Cilic beat Nishikori in the U.S. Open final exactly 11 months ago.

The second-seeded Nishikori raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set. The Japanese player broke the Croatian's serve at 5-4 in the third immediately after the No. 3 seed broke Nishikori's serve to even the set.

Nishikori, the first Japanese man to reach a Grand Slam final, improved to 42-9 this season. Only Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won more ATP this matches this year, with 48 apiece.

Nishikori will face John Isner, a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9) winner over Steve Johnson in an all-American match in the second semifinal.

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