John Millman punishes under-par Roger Federer in stunning US Open upset

Sep 04, 2018, 08:27
John Millman punishes under-par Roger Federer in stunning US Open upset

The 20-time Grand Slam champion double-faulted 10 times, including twice in a row during the final tiebreaker.

Djokovic, who also struggled with the heat in his first-round victory against Marton Fucsovics, was not at his best but will now face Federer if the world No 2 defeats John Millman in Monday's night match.

Djokovic beat Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to move into the final eight at Flushing Meadows for the 11th time.

Second-seeded Federer, who won the last of his five US Open titles back in 2008, took on 55th-ranked Australian John Millman under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium while Djokovic, victor in NY in 2011 and 2015, tackled Joao Sousa.

Novak Djokovic fires a shot against Joao Sousa.

"I'm not 21 anymore".

"You have a team to get you ready, but sometimes you just have to survive".

The Flushing Meadows crowd was in disbelief as the Brisbane journeyman fought back from a set down to win the next two and put himself in contention to claim the biggest scalp of his career.

Since then, nine Australians - including Nick Kyrgios only two days ago, Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final and Lleyton Hewitt seven times - had fallen prey to Federer in 20 straight grand slam matches over nearly 20 years. Like Sousa, Millman had never before made it this far at a Slam.

Djokovic, the No. 6 seed in the men's draw, is 28-0 at the US Open when facing an opponent ranked outside the Top 50. But committing 47 unforced errors on the match was much too costly, especially against a player of Djokovic's caliber.

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

But on the very same court on which Federer destroyed Hewitt 6-0 7-6 6-0 in the 2004 US Open final, Millman stared down the greatest player of the professional era to send the world No.2 crashing to his earliest grand slam defeat in nearly four years.

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.

Sept 3, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Madison Keys of the USA hits to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in a fourth round match on day eight of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.