Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Tennis US Open John Millman not intimidated by Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet will go head-to-head in the third round
Betsy Taylor | 04 September, 2018, 09:57

Five-time champion Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open on Monday (Sep 3), beaten in four sets by 55th-ranked Australian John Millman.

Federer had never previously lost at the US Open to a player outside the top 50, a record spanning 40 matches, but that streak came to an end as Millman recorded a stunning 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) triumph.

With the win, Keys becomes only the second woman, after Kerber, to reach the quarter-finals or better at three of the four Grand Slams this year.

"A little bit of disbelief, he's been a hero of mine", he replied to being asked how it felt to defeat one of the greatest tennis player of all time. "But you know I have so much respect for Roger and everything he's done for the game".

Before the match, Federer said he was "a big fan of John", having trained with him in the past. Roger had it on a string, he was manipulating me around the court.

Millman cursed himself for missing one set point but threw everything into a series of forehands to bring up a second and forced Federer into another error.

Earlier on Saturday, Federer's 51 winners included a jaw-dropping flick around the net post as he swept aside Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-1 7-5 to reach the fourth round in a 17th consecutive appearance in NY.

"He pushed me around, " Kohlschreiber said after Nishikori reached the final eight for a second straight Grand Slam tournament.


" I'm not 21 any more".

Novak Djokovic puts an ice towel around his head during a changeover against Joao Sousa during the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

"You don't get an opportunity to hit around the net post very often".

The 29-year-old, who was born in Brisbane and is now ranked 55th in the world, was up two sets to one against the Swiss juggernaut and prevailed in a gripping fourth-set tie-break to win 3-6, 7-5, 7-6. 7-6.

He will next face either No. 7 seed Marin Cilic - who beat him in the 2014 U.S. Open final - or No. 10 David Goffin.

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.

Naomi Osaka reached her first grand slam quarter-final with victory over fellow 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka.

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