Unseeded Millman sends Federer crashing out of U.S. Open

Severin Luthi

The men's singles event of the US Open witnessed a seismic shock of sorts on Tuesday with unheralded John Millman stunning Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3).

Millman fought back to win 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) in three hours 38 mins.

He becomes the second ever Aussie to defeat Federer in a Grand Slam, following Pat Rafter a whopping 19 years ago.

"It was nearly unreal", Kyrgios reportedly said after the match, adding: "If anyone else is doing those shots against me, I'm probably not too happy".

The No. 20 seed had to work much harder than she had so far in the tournament, where she had won 22 consecutive games leading into the match Monday.

"I felt like a bit of a deer in headlights to begin with, to be honest with you", Millman said.

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Federer hung his head at a changeover, a little black fan pointed right at his face, but nothing seemed to make him feel like himself.

Things got tougher in the second as a sluggish Djokovic laboured before again clinching the set with a break.

The victor will play Novak Djokovic, who easily accounted Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 earlier in the day.

"I'm not 21 anymore".

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

Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon champion, improved to 28-0 against players ranked outside the top 50 at the US Open.

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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.

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

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, puts an ice towel around his head during a changeover against Joao Sousa, of Portugal, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in NY.

Nishikori could end up fighting for a semi-final berth against Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat him in the 2014 final.

Kohlschreiber was denied again in his fifth attempt to win a fourth-round match at the US Open. After reaching a career-high fourth in the world in 2015 he slid down the rankings as a wrist injury sidelined him for six months, keeping him out of last year's US Open and eventually requiring surgery.

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