Djokovic gets through on hot day; Federer next at US Open?

04 September, 2018, 10:25 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Roger Federer

Australian tennis player John Millman, now ranked 55th in the world, just knocked Roger Federer out of the US Open.

The victor will play Novak Djokovic, who easily accounted Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 earlier in the day. Nishikori advanced in the afternoon with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Today's gutsy win from Millman was dotted with uncharacteristic errors from Federer, who looked sluggish and disinterested through large stretches of the fourth set.

Until Monday night, Federer had been 40-0 against opponents outside the Top 50 at the US Open, according to the official match report.

Second seed Federer - a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows - was an overwhelming favourite to prevail against the world number 55 and set up a blockbuster quarter-final with Novak Djokovic.

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"It's a dubious call to me because he's let it happen so many times", commentators were heard saying about a late Sousa challenge call by the umpire.

The third set was a much tighter affair with just one break chance to Federer in the very first game as it went to a tiebreak, Federer squandering a set point at 6-5 before Millman clinched to go ahead point at the second attempt to lead for the first time.

The two-time champion, who is now 28-0 in NY against players outside the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings, is bidding to lift his third US Open title on his first visit to the tournament since reaching the 2016 final.

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 was his first victory against a top 10 player.

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His next assignment is a rematch of June's French Open final, in which he crushed Thiem in straight sets to win his 17th major.

The 14th-seeded Keys will play the victor of the Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Maria Sharapova match in the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Millman pulled off the historic upset over Federer in their fourth round matchup, 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) to reach the quarter finals of the singles tournament, the first time in his entire career Millman has reached the final stages of a Grand Slam event. No. 30 seed Navarro defeated 22nd-seeded Sharapova 6-4, 6-3. She still and looked tired to start the second, leaning on her racket between points while falling behind 2-0.

The Ukrainian got some help from her opponent.

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