NEW YORK - Just hours after fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard got eliminated at the US Open, Milos Raonic suffered the same fate, falling to Japan's Kei Nishikori in a marathon five-set match 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4. The 10th-seeded Nishikori is now onto the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows while Raonic is going home.
The matchup, which started at 10pm EST on Monday night, finished at 2:26am EST on Tuesday morning, making it the longest match at this year's US Open. The match also equalled the finishing time of a 1993 duel between Swedes Mats Wilander and Mikael Pernfors and a 2012 matchup between John Isner and Philipp Kohlschreiber. But being a part of this kind of history provides no consolation to Milos Raonic who, after reaching the semi-final at Wimbledon, failed to get past the Round of 16 in the Big Apple.
With the No. 5 seed's loss, there are no more Canadians left in the US Open. But Nishikori, as great a match as he played, will not have an easy time in the quarters, as he will face Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, who already won this year's Australian Open.