The first Japanese to reach a grand slam semifinals in 81 years . For the first round he beat W Odesnik 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. For the 2nd round he defeated P. Andujar of Spain 6-4,6-1, after which the Spaniard retired. For the 3rd round he defeated 23rd seed , ArgentanianL.Mayer 6-4,6-2,6-3. For the 4th round he had a close win against Canadian M Raonic, seeded five. The match went on for full 5 sets finally ending witha score of 4-6,7-6,6-7,7-5,6-4. In the quarters he narrowly managed to winagainst 3rdseeded S Wawrinka, a potential winner. The match had full 5 sets finishing with the following set scores3-6,7-5, 7-6 , 6-7, 6-4. He will be facing Djokovic in the semi’s.