US Open contenders feeling the heat

08 September, 2018, 19:31 | Author: George Williams
  • Novak Djokovic moves closer to Roger Federer's Grand Slam record

Millman, who stunned five-time champion Roger Federer in the fourth round, kept Djokovic running - and was kept running himself - for 2 hours 49 minutes on another hot, humid night on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Wednesday, the fans appreciated Millman's hustle and indomitable spirit after he made his share of wild gets but succumbed to Djokovic in a more-complicated-than-it sounds 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 loss.

After reaching his 11th semi-final in New York, Djokovic will face Kei Nishikori on Friday.

Next up is Japan's Kei Nishikori and Djokovic goes into that with a 14-2 head-to-head record, their most recent meeting being in Wimbledon's quarter-finals.

The No. 21-seeded Nishikori continued his strong season after returning from a wrist injury that forced him to miss the US Open past year.

In the other quarter-final, Nishikori advanced with a grinding 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4 win over Marin Cilic in 4hr 8min, gaining a small measure of revenge on the man who crushed his Grand Slam dream in the 2014 final. "Just trying to hang in there, trying to find a way to win the match".

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Despite this being the first US Open with the expensive roofs in place, the new coverings only closed briefly on August 31 due to passing rain showers.

The Serbian superstar downed Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a drama-charged war of attrition to reach his 11th semi-final in NY.

"Before that I've got Davis Cup which I'm also really jumping out of my skin to team up with the boys there, and anytime you get to play for your country is an wonderful opportunity".

"Tough couple, first two sets".

Things started well for the two-time victor as he raced into a 3-0 lead, and despite Millman's best efforts he could not claw the break back as the Serb remained comfortable on serve. "I like to play always with the No. 1of the world, doesn't matter the tournament or the conditions or the weather".

Djokovic won the first set of the match 6-3 but started to have an issue early in the second.

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"You know, I have never seen Roger [Federer] sweat, ever", Isner said.

"It's great to see, " said Nishikori, who is into his third major semifinal - all in NY - but is still in search of his first Grand Slam trophy. Williams has won further 73 career titles so far in her career that has spanned over two decades. I'm also happy for myself, too, being injured previous year.

"I was struggling, he was struggling, we were all sweating, changing clothes".

Like his match against Federer, Millman fell behind early against Djokovic.

Upon missing a gimme volley - after Millman retrieved a lob with some incredibly scrambling - and then pushing a return wide, Djokovic staggered back into position before tipping water over his head at the changeover. "Changing a lot of T-shirts, shorts", said Djokovic.

Nishikori stunned then-world No 1 Djokovic in the semi-finals in 2014 to become the first man from an Asian country to reach the championship match of a major. For men's singles matches, the break would come between the third and fourth sets.

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"He makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".

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