The blockbuster quarterfinal is no more. That was the first time in tournament history that the U.S. 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, when there can be a delay between the second and third sets.
Roger Federer made a shock exit from the U.S. Open on Monday after the five-times champion was beaten, 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 7-6 (3), by unseeded Australian John Millman in the round of 16. The loss marked Federer's earliest departure from Flushing since losing to Tommy Robredo in the 2013 fourth round.
'I'm probably in a little bit of disbelief, ' he said in his on-court interview.
Before their match, Roger Federer said he had a great deal of respect for his Australian counterpart. He's been a hero of mine. Today he was definitely not at his best but, you know, I'll take it!
Kohlschreiber was denied again in his fifth attempt to win a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open.
While Millman produced the performance of his life, Federer gave one of his poorest performances on the big stage, struggling with all parts of his game and making 76 unforced errors.
Cilic, who beat Nishikori four years ago for his only major title, was a 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-4 victor against No. 10 David Goffin, while Nishikori advanced by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
Djokovic, the No. 6 seed in the men's draw, is 28-0 at the US Open when facing an opponent ranked outside the Top 50.
Following an injury interrupted campaign in 2017, Millman closed out the calendar year ranked 128th overall.
Millman had trained with Federer at his Swiss base prior to Wimbledon, an experience that certainly seemed to calm his nerves. Had the 20-time Grand Slam champion's serve not improved, he might have lost the third set before the tie-break. Very rarely do you find Roger on defence, his anticipation, his ability to go cross court and not recover to the middle of the court is a major advantage. He's got an aura about him. I've always done that in my career. "But I have never been a fan of playing someone's reputation".
The 32 degree celsius heat, though, is much tougher on Djokovic, who showed the same blank expression, rosy cheeks and sweat-soaked shirt as during his first-round match last week.
The Australian said he froze in the first set but was able to take control by relying on his fighting qualities.
The 29-year old Aussie was having none of it, as he sparked an incredible turnaround to sensationally break Federer twice in succession and claim the set and level the match.
Federer upped his game in a tight third set, and had the first chance to claim the set at 6-5 in the tiebreaker. Federer broke him to go up 4-2 in the fourth set, but Millman broke right back, leading to the tiebreak.