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Summary

  1. Marin Cilic beat Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach Monday's final
  2. Croatia's 14th seed will face Kei Nishikori for the title
  3. Both will be making their first appearance in a Grand Slam final
  4. Nishikori beat top seed Novak Djokovic 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3
  5. He becomes first Japanese player to reach Grand Slam singles final
  6. * Denotes next server

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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So, it's the final we all predicted - 10th seed Kei Nishikori versus 14th seed Marin Cilic. The pair have met on seven previous occasions, with Nishikori winning five of those matches, which works out as a 71% success rate. The pair have twice met at the US Open, in 2010 and 2012, with both enjoying a victory each.

And while you chew on a mouthful of stats, I shall wrap up this live text. There will be more live text commentary on Sunday for the women's final. Two friends forced to become foes as Serena Williams takes on Caroline Wozniacki. Bye for now.

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Stephanie Siu: "It's a testament to the (now former) dominance of Federer that players say beating him is the "best ever performance in my career."

Mike Willis: "Two new slam champions in the same year. Seems the days of the 'big 4' domination may be over!"

Stats of the match: Cilic accumulated 13 aces, while Federer had 12. But the Croat won a whopping 87% of points on his first serve and struck an incredible 43 winners, with Federer at 71% first serve points won and just the 28 winners.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Has Roger got a Grand Slam win left in him? I think he will win next year's Wimbledon. I think he thought it was on his racquet. If you ask the locker room will he win it once in the next three years I think they would all say yes."

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Is this the beginning of the end of the big four? I don't think so. I think this will refuel them to come back with vengeance. Champions like that tend to come back with a little venom."

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

"And so for the first time since the Safin and Hewitt show in Australia '05, we have a Grand Slam final without either Federer, Nadal or Djokovic. We have to celebrate the fact we have a final without the big four for the first time since 2005. But I think they will be back next year."

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"In terms of the final, Nishikori is quicker, he has a better backhand cross-court even though it is Cilic's best shot. I don't think Nishikori can win another five-setter.

"If Cilic gets one of the first two sets I think he can wear down Nishikori. But no matter what stage of the match Nishikori will have a game plan because he has Michael Chang in his camp."

Marin Cilic after reaching his first Grand Slam final: "It's an amazing day for me. I feel amazing. I think it was the best performance ever in my career. I'm extremely happy to be in my first Grand Slam final."

Marin Cilic
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So, there we go. Kei Nishikori becomes the first male player from Japan to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era and Marin Cilic is the first Croat to reach a Slam final since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. Is the big-four dominance coming to an end, asks Greg Rusedski. That's too profound a question for me to answer.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I think Roger said it at the net to Cilic: Wow, you really played great. He played lights out tennis from the beginning until the end. He just played his dream match. Roger didn't play that badly, he just got beat, overpowered."

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"It was almost as if Goran Ivanisevic sent his own psyche into the body of Marin Cilic for that final game. He served impossibly well."

Marin Cilic
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The stars have aligned strangely today, but it has made for a fabulous semi-final day. Federer quickly departs, head bowed, shoulders slumped. Two first-time finalists in the US Open final, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic, which means there will be an unfamiliar winner on Monday night.

Marin Cilic of Croatia shakes hands with Roger Federer
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Game, set and match

*Federer 3-6 4-6 4-6 Cilic

Federer skips towards the baseline and bounces before crouching down to face more Cilic missiles. Cilic in unfamiliar territory, he has never been to a Grand Slam final, never before has he beaten Roger Federer. But nerves? What nerves? Three aces - boom - boom - boom - jaws are in laps, Goran Ivanisevic puffs the cheeks. Three match points. There's no way back from here, surely? Nope. Cilic - backhand down the line - and the five-time champion is outta here.

Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates with his arms aloft
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Federer 3-6 4-6 4-5 Cilic*

What do you do when all around you are doubting? Serve like a demon, securing a hold to love with a rasping ace. Then wipe your face with a crisp white towel and say "over to you, Marin. Have you got the nerve to knock me out?"

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Cilic has been waiting for his chance, his opportunity to break through in a major, but he has tended to combust in his brain in the last 16, the quarter-finals. I have always said spend the money, get the top-notch coach that can convince you that you can do it.

"Goran Ivanisevic is not cheap. Trust me. But he is top class and it has definitely been worth the money getting him on board. Cilic is over-powering Federer in all aspects."

Marin Cilic, of Croatia, reacts after a shot against Roger Federer
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*Federer 3-6 4-6 3-5 Cilic

Cilic has bounced out of his phone box, whipped off his glasses and donned a red cape. Supernaturally good serving from the 16th seed, giving Federer no hope and no options. A hold to 15 and this match could soon be done and dusted. Cilic a game away from his first Grand Slam final.

Cilic breaks

Federer 3-6 4-6 3-4 Cilic*

The Federer fans on Ashe, and there are many, haven't lost faith. The Swiss with a peachy forehand onto the line for a 30-15 lead, but Cilic responds by stepping in and crunching a forehand winner down the line. 30-30. Federer screwing a forehand wide after a tame second serve. Break point Cilic. The Croat's return goes long. Stefan Edberg shuffling uneasily in his seat.

Wizardry from Cilic - a super return - and he's making the 17-time Grand Slam champion look like a muggle. Second break point. The Croat does not need a third invitation. Wide from Federer and this could be the end of the road for the second seed.

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Adam Brand: "This game is now top class, loving this."

David Dawber: "Federer needs to exploit his opponent's cumbersome movement. Too many errors!"

Abu Ali: "With no Nadal or Djokovic in the way, Federer will not get a better chance."

*Federer 3-6 4-6 3-3 Cilic

Roger Federer
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A muscly forehand winner from Federer, sparks flying as the ball flies by. At 15-30 the second seed has a sniff, but Cilic simply launches two unreturnables to eke a 40-30 advantage. Federer being forced to gamble, but swings too loose and a netted forehand allows Cilic to level.

Federer 3-6 4-6 3-2 Cilic*

Federer accumulates his 11th ace of the match and nips ahead of his opponent with a comfortable hold, but having battled back from a break down, there's a sense that momentum is with the underdog.

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Marin Cilic
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Nkumbu Kandy: "All those who predicted Kei and Cilic to reach the finals raise your hands?"

David Dawber: "Cilic needs to win this match. He'll never play this well again. This is his only chance to win a Slam."

Jonathon Solomons: "A break isn't a break unless you hold your next service game, Cilic breaks Fed back."

*Federer 3-6 4-6 2-2 Cilic

Mirka Federer and Stefan Edberg
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Federer has amassed 599 victories on hard courts and is hoping to become the first player to hit 600 in the Open Era. Will he achieve that feat today? Even at two sets down, it's difficult to dismiss the Swiss. "Yes," ooze some spectators as Federer skips along the baseline and thumps a return into a zany angle but Cilic has propellers in his trainers and lead in his racquet. He's overpowering and outhitting Federer, and he holds to 30.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That is not Roger wanted. He is going to have to really think about what his game plan is against Cilic. That has slowed down Federer, just when he was starting to have that strut about him. He needs a quick set here. He is 33, his opponent is 25. That break back changes the tone."

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face with a towel
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Cilic breaks back

Federer 3-6 4-6 2-1 Cilic*

Cilic gambling like a high roller at a Las Vegas casino and his numbers come in. Ding! Ding! Federer forehand long - double break points. Another scintillating return from Cilic, but Federer responds with a snappy volley. One break point saved. But can he dig deep to save another? No, no, no. Cilic with a fabulous backhand winner. A fist-pumper. We're back on serve. I'm not sure my nerves can take this.

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Rory Richard Whyte: "Did I say Federer in four? My apologies; hard to type on this laptop. Federer in five."

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"Kei Nishikori is briefly watching this semi-final unfold with John McEnroe on CBS coverage. 'Well, it's interesting,' he says. 'Roger is always my idol but I know Cilic is playing really well.'

"You can hear McEnroe's eyebrow angling upwards as he responds: 'It doesn't matter if you play a guy who's won 17 Grand Slam titles or a guy who's won zero?'"

Federer breaks

*Federer 3-6 4-6 2-0 Cilic

Cilic nets his forehand on the opening point and the the decibels rise on Ashe. Those not in the know would think Federer had just collected match point. Clever returning from Federer, stepping in from the baseline, which means Cilic can't negotiate the barrier 0-30, and the New Yorkers are cock-a-hoop about that.

But their joy is short-lived, with the 16th seed back in contention at 30-30... rollercoaster-like screams as Federer sprints to the net... Cilic can pass him, but he doesn't - his looping backhand bounces beyond the baseline. Break point Federer! The spectators raise their voices. Cheers as Cilic nets his first serve nets. Oh, come on. Federer with a backhand down the line. Break point gobbled up!

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after breaking his opponent
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Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Game on. I don't think Roger cares how he wins this year's US Open - he just wants to win it."

Federer 3-6 4-6 1-0 Cilic* (* denotes next to serve)

Singer Gwen Stefani looks on
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Can Federer come back from two sets down? Singer Gwen Stefani probably has no doubts... A fresh shirt for the second seed, but the same turquoise and blue colours. Two quick-fire aces and the comeback is off to a fine start. Cilic with a sloppy return, the Croat then a little too cute at the net and the five-time champion holds to love.

Game and second set

*Federer 3-6 4-6 Cilic

Whoops and whistles as the players prepare for what could be the final battle of the second set. Cilic begins with an ace down the middle. 15-0. The power of Cilic's groundstrokes forcing Federer further and further back. The Swiss nets once, he nets twice. 40-0. Cheers as Cilic dumps a forehand into the tape, which sounds rather unsporting. He concludes the set with a classy ace and the 28-year-old is a set away from the US Open final. Federer must battle from two sets down if he is to win his sixth US Open title.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"This crowd is trying to get behind Federer and turn up the pressure on Cilic."

Federer 3-6 4-5 Cilic*

Cilich fetches a Federer drop shot but the Croat, out of position by the net, is undone by a follow-up Federer volley. Careless at the net from Federer, allowing Cilic to come back from 40-15 to deuce, then advantage. Cilic hitting freely and without fear - a forehand to force the game back to deuce. Federer turns it on, a thumping first serve out wide followed by an angry forehand. Cilic to serve for a two-set lead.

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Marin Cilic
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*Federer 3-6 3-5 Cilic

Heavy-duty hitting from Cilic. Gasps from a section of the spectators as he produces a colossal serve down the 'T'. Federer sticks out an arm, but he wouldn't have returned that even if he had two racquets. The Swiss nibbles at Cilic's lead, fighting to 40-30 - but Cilic can breathe easy as Federer, opening up for a forehand winner, nets.

Federer 3-6 3-4 Cilic*

Every Federer point greeted with raucous cheers, but Cilic still dazzling despite fighting the greatest of the greats and the crowd, too. The Croat notices Federer creeping towards the tape so he conjures a sublime lob, leaving Federer red faced and bothered. But the Swiss goes on to hold to 30, hanging on to Cilic's coattails.

*Federer 3-6 2-4 Cilic

Cilic the pea-shooter supreme. He throws in another ace... Federer scoots to the net, but the stooping Cilic simply passes him with a backhand winner. Cilic, indefatigable and currently indestructible.

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts to shot
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John McEnerney: "Which will be the biggest upset, Kei ousting Djokovic or if Cilic does Federer? Kei for me, Fed flat after that five-setter & there for the taking."

Federer 3-6 2-3 Cilic*

At 30-30, the game is in the balance but an ace to the wings swings things Federer's way. Cheers from the crowd. There's no doubting who they're supporting. If not for yourself Roger then fightback for the people... A rare successful serve and volley from Federer and the game is his.

*Federer 3-6 1-3 Cilic

Federer asks whether it's raining. Nice try, Rog. From 30-0 to 30-30 - Cilic straight batting a sizzling return from Federer. The crowd are vocal, cheering on their favourite Federer. The second seed exasperated as his return sails long an another ugly return means that mini revival comes to a shuddering halt.

Federer 3-6 1-2 Cilic*

Cilic can't move his feet quickly enough and drills a return into the tramlines, allowing Federer to wrap up a hold to 15. The Swiss far from his best, but he took a while to hit top form in the quarter-final against Gael Monfils - until the fifth set if truth be told...

Marin Cilic of Croatia returns a shot against Roger Federer
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Game, set and match

Whiley makes history

Britain's Jordanne Whiley has made history by winning the women's wheelchair doubles final.

Whiley and Japanese partner Yui Kamiji beat Dutch defending champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-4 3-6 6-3 to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam after wins in Melbourne, Paris and Wimbledon.

The win sees Whiley become the first Briton to win the same event at all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year.

Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain and Yui Kamiji of Japan celebrate
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