Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

US Open 2018: Roger Federer knocked out by Australian John Millman

US Open 2018: Roger Federer knocked out by Australian John Millman

Start with this: Federer held two set points while serving for the second at 5-4, 40-15 and did not pull through. The feet weren't moving.

He reached the quarterfinals for an 11th consecutive appearance in NY as he bids for a third U.S. Open championship and 14th Grand Slam trophy.

Kohlschreiber was denied again in his fifth attempt to win a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open.

Federer took the opening set courtesy of a break in Millman's first service game.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion double-faulted 10 times, including twice in a row during the final tiebreaker. "It was very hot on the court even though it doesn't look too hot it's hit me".

Tsurenko left the court for a health check after the first set and often leaned on her racket between points, saying later she felt dizzy at the Grandstand court, which doesn't offer shade the way the tournament's two bigger arenas do.

Things grew tougher in the second as a sluggish Djokovic laboured before again clinching the set with a break. We are putting in all the work but sometimes you just have to survive'.

Cilic, who beat Nishikori four years ago for his only major title, was a 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-4 victor against No. 10 David Goffin, while Nishikori advanced by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

It was the 37-year-old's earliest loss at a slam since the Australian Open in 2015 and the first time he has ever lost to a player ranked outside the top 50 in NY. "I have prayed for that".

Nishikori will come up against Alex de Minaur's conqueror Marin Cilic, after the seventh-seed powered past David Goffin, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 6-4.

Djokovic did his part improving his ideal NY record in fourth round contests to 11-0 leaving it to Federer, who will take on Australian John Millman in the late contest on Arthur Ashe Stadium court to give the fans what would be a hotly anticipated match-up.

"It's not easy", Djokovic said, "to play in these kind of conditions".

This, however, dwarfed it, a win over arguably the greatest of all time to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal against a decidedly pro-Federer crowd.

The last Japanese woman to reach the final eight in a Grand Slam had been Shinobu Asagoe at the 2004 U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is coming off a title at Wimbledon, wasn't at the U.S. Open a year ago, when he missed the last half of the season because of an injured right elbow that eventually was surgically repaired this February.

"But now I'll try to stop him, so we'll see how it goes".

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