Unseeded Millman sends Federer crashing out of U.S. Open
04 September, 2018, 10:24 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
In a shocking exit, the World no. 2 Roger Federer lost to unseeded Australian John Millman during the US Open 2018 on Monday.
Millman pulled off the historic upset over Federer in their fourth round matchup, 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) to reach the quarter finals of the singles tournament, the first time in his entire career Millman has reached the final stages of a Grand Slam event.
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'm probably in a little bit of disbelief". "I have so much respect for Roger and everything he's done for the game". The feet weren't moving.
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.
"I've got to control the controllable and the one thing I can control is the fight in me".
Before the match, Federer said he was "a big fan of John", having trained with him in the past. Until meeting Millman Tuesday, Federer hadn't dropped a set all tournament at the Arthur Ashe. As the unforced errors mounted - Federer would finish with 77, almost three times as many as Millman's 28 - Federer's wife, Mirka, couldn't bear to look, placing her forehead on her hands in the guest box in the stands.
Nishikori will come up against Alex de Minaur's conqueror Marin Cilic, after the seventh-seed powered past David Goffin, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 6-4.
The victor of the Djokovic-Millman quarter-final will play seventh-seeded 2014 champion Marin Cilic or Japanese star Kei Nishikori for a spot in Sunday's title match.
"He pushed me around, " Kohlschreiber said after Nishikori reached the final eight for a second straight Grand Slam tournament.
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.
He reached the quarterfinals for an 11th consecutive appearance in NY as he bids for a third US Open championship and 14th Grand Slam trophy.
Federer had never lost a match at the U.S. Open to a player ranked outside the top 50.
Federer, like any great champion, refused to throw in the towel and showed emotion for the first time after breaking for a 4-2 lead in the fourth.
"I don't have any pressure, " said Nishikori, who was so crushed about missing the US Open previous year that he couldn't even watch the tournament.
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