Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Federer knocked out of US Open by Aussie Millman

Roger Federer 'In New York you do things you shouldn't be doing' tennis US Open John Millman not intimidated by Roger Federer
Domingo Copeland | 04 September, 2018, 09:57

For his troubles, John Millman - whose rabid fanbase are called Millminions for what it's worth - now faces another huge task in sixth-seeded Novak Djokovic in his quarter final matchup.

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.

In a grueling match which began on Monday and ended around 1am Tuesday local time, clear favorite Federer unexpectedly lost to Millman 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3).

Nishikori missed the U.S. Open a year ago because of a right wrist injury.

The other quarterfinal on the bottom half of the draw will be 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori against 2014 champion Marin Cilic or No. 10 David Goffin.

The final set saw them exchange one break each as it again went to a tiebreaker, but this time the Aussie reeled off four straight points as Federer double-faulted twice in succession to earn five match points, claiming a stunning upset victory at the third attempt.

The first Portuguese player to reach the fourth round of any grand slam, the 68th ranked Sousa never looked a threat to progress any further as his magical US Open run came to an end.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. "I have so much respect for Roger and everything he's done for the game", he added.

Nishikori appeared to be racing towards an easy win before Kohlschreiber unexpectedly broke the 28-year-old to level the third set at 5-5.

Madison Keys eased into the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova. She lost to Stephens again this year in the French Open semifinals.

Keys will next meet number 30 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who handed Maria Sharapova her first loss in a night match at Flushing Meadows with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat.

Tsurenko struggled in the heat.

His serve, in particular, was way off during the first two sets. 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. 'The balls where I did attack, I made unforced errors, especially on that inside-out forehand today'.

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