Tennis - Chang tells Nishikori to keep feet on ground

AFPSeptember 4, 2014
Tennis - Chang tells Nishikori to keep feet on ground
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a shot against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/STREETER LECKA)

- Kei Nishikori was warned by his tough taskmaster coach Michael Chang not to be satisfied with his country's once in a century US Open performance and to target the title.

The 24-year-old on Wednesday became the first Japanese man since 1918 to make the semi-finals in New York where he will face top-seeded Novak Djokovic.

But Chang, himself a Grand Slam title winner at the 1989 French Open, told the 10th seed that his work is not completed following his epic 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 quarter-final win over Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

"He's telling me to stay focused in the match and never get frustrated too much and always pump up yourself," said Nishikori.

"He told me congrats on winning this battle. But he also says it's not done."