Federer knocked out of US Open by Aussie Millman

Mae Harvey
September 4, 2018

Experience meets youth when 20-times major victor Roger Federer takes on hard-serving 23-year-old Nick Krygios in a highly-anticipated third round clash at the U.S. Open on Saturday.

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.

"I'm probably in a little bit of disbelief", Millman said in his on-court interview. 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.

Federer, indeed, did not play as well as he had in the opening three matches, when he didn't drop a set.

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.

Following an injury interrupted campaign in 2017, Millman closed out the calendar year ranked 128th overall.

Millman, ranked 55 in the world, will now face sixth seed Novak Djokovic in the US Open Quarters.

A Federer v Djokovic clash would provide the ideal contest to propel the US Open into the second week, with the two champions having claimed seven titles at Flushing Meadows between them.

The 13-times grand slam victor had made easy work of the opening set, breaking Sousa twice, the second time to close out the set.

"I've got a lot of respect for Roger".

He said: "I prefer not to talk about how hard it was".

After a routine-looking first set the Australian took advantage of Federer's terrible first serve percentage to dictate the play and come back into the match. Bloody go you good ass thing.

From 40-15 up, Federer missed two set points and double faulted to allow Millman to convert a break point at the ninth time of asking. The Slovak got on the board for 3-1 with a forehand victor down the line, but Keys reeled off the final three games, breaking for 5-1 after Cibulkova punched a backhand volley wide on break point, then holding in the next game with two aces and a backhand down-the-line victor on set point.

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