Federer shocked by 55th-ranked Millman

04 September, 2018, 10:25 | Author: Regina Boyd
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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.

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). Start with this: Federer held two set points while serving for the second at 5-4, 40-15 and did not pull through.

The third set was a much tighter affair with just one break chance to Federer in the very first game as it went to a tiebreak, Federer squandering a set point at 6-5 before Millman clinched to go ahead point at the second attempt to lead for the first time.

Hours before, Djokovic left the court for a medical timeout - the second time during the tournament he's sought help from a doctor because of harsh weather - during what would become an otherwise straightforward 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over 68th-ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal.

An elbow injury forced the 31-year-old out of the 2017 tournament though Djokovic reached the final 12 months previously, beaten by Stan Wawrinka.

Now he meets Djokovic in his first Grand Slam quarter-final on Wednesday.

"It's a dubious call to me because he's let it happen so many times", commentators were heard saying about a late Sousa challenge call by the umpire.

That remains Nishikori's best Grand Slam showing.

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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. Keys advanced by beating No. 29 Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-3.

Keys was an Open finalist a year ago and lost to Sloane Stephens.

In the women's draw, Maria Sharapova was delivered a surprising upset at the hands of Spain's Carla Suárez Navarro. She had six aces and no double-faults Monday in perhaps her best performance of the tournament.

Naomi Osaka also reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Aryna Sabalenka, becoming the first Japanese woman to make the final eight at a Grand Slam in 14 years.

Tsurenko struggled in the heat.

The top-seeded Spaniard looked like he would cruise to an easy win after pocketing the first two sets but the Georgian stepped up his game to take the third set.

She said afterward she felt dizzy and was "just asking nature, I don't know, the god, to move the shade".

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