Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Millman stuns Federer at the US Open

Millman stuns Federer at the US Open

Conversely, it had been five years since Roger Federer exited a US Open before the quarter final stages, last failing in the round of 16 at the 2013 tournament where he was bested by Spaniard Tommy Robrero.

Kei Nishikori will be hoping to make another deep run at his most successful grand slam event after he outclassed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-2 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open on another scorchingly hot day in NY.

Millman said the victory had yet to sink in. "He's been a hero of mine and today he was definitely not at his best but I'll take it".

Federer was clearly not his best self during the match, committing a slew of unforced errors against the 29-year-old Millman.

The measure to allow breaks in matches was implemented for three days in the opening week as the players battled sopping humidity and scorching heat.

He improved to 28-0 at the U.S. Open against opponents ranked outside the top 50, and here's another reason it wasn't all that surprising the way things went: Djokovic is now 5-0 against Sousa, taking all 14 sets they've played against each other.

Millman had trained with Federer at his Swiss base prior to Wimbledon, an experience that certainly seemed to calm his nerves.

The 13-times grand slam victor had made easy work of the opening set, breaking Sousa twice, the second time to close out the set.

"He's just come to Switzerland to train with me before the grass-court season so we know each other quite well, a super friendly guy, and I'm very happy for him that he's gotten so far". He's got an aura about him.

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've always done that in my career.

"But I have never been a fan of playing to anyone's reputation".

Nadal praised the 26-year-old Basilashvili, who will break into the top 30 for the first time when the next rankings are released after the tournament.

As Federer's serving went from bad to worse, Millman - who was growing in confidence - immediately broke again to level the match.

Federer started well, racing through the first set and unsettling Millman by dropping the ball short. He started that 15-minute struggle by missing 18 of his initial 20 first serves.

Federer upped his game in a tight third set, and had the first chance to claim the set at 6-5 in the tiebreaker.

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