Millman stuns Federer at the US Open

Rosalie Gross
September 4, 2018

Australian tennis player John Millman, now ranked 55th in the world, just knocked Roger Federer out of the US Open.

There was that sort of respite during No. 20 Naomi Osaka's 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win against No. 26 Aryna Sabalenka, a matchup between two powerful players seeking a first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.

Should 20-time major victor Federer get through against the 55th-ranked Australian, he'll set up his earliest Grand Slam meeting with Djokovic since 2007, when Federer beat the Serb star to reach the Australian Open quarter- finals.

'I have so much respect for Roger and everything he's done for the game and he's been a hero of mine. The feet weren't moving. Roger had it on a string, he was manipulating me around the court. That was the first time in tournament history that the US Open created an extreme heat policy for men's matches - players can opt for a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets - similar to what's standard on the women's tour, in which there can be a delay between the second and third sets.

What at first seemed like a routine victory became anything but.

A tie-break was required, raising the volume on a court that had often been stunned into near silence, and incredibly it was Millman who prevailed, coming from 3-1 down and saving one set point before taking his second. Federer served 10 double faults and committed a frankly staggering 76 unforced errors throughout the match, which helped pave the way for easily the biggest win of Millman's career.

"But I have got great people around me who lift me up when I'm feeling sorry for myself", Millman had said.

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Elsewhere in the men's bracket, No. 7 seed Marin Cilic moves on to meet No. 21 seed Kei Nishikori in a quarterfinal.

Until Monday night, Federer had been 40-0 against opponents outside the Top 50 at the US Open, according to the official match report.

The last Japanese woman to reach the final eight in a Grand Slam had been Shinobu Asagoe at the 2004 U.S. Open.

Both Nishikori and Djokovic missed last year's U.S. Open with arm injuries.

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.

To make the little lad's day even more special, the 31-year-old then gifted him the hat off his head to go with his impressive new title.

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