Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Roger Federer stunned at US Open by unseeded Australian

Roger Federer stunned at US Open by unseeded Australian

Australia's John Millman has caused a major boilover by beating five-time champion Roger Federer in the US Open fourth round at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka beat No. 26 Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to earn her first trip to a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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", he said.

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. The feet weren't moving.


But it's his father Ron, nicknamed "The Fox", who has become somewhat of a social media star, after getting lost on his way to watch his son play at the Wimbledon earlier this year. He netted a service return, and Millman converted his second set point to seize a two sets to one lead.

Millman was adamant he would not be intimidated by Federer, and perhaps was helped by having spent time practicing together a few months ago ahead of the grass-court portion of this season.

It was the 37-year-old's earliest loss at a slam since the Australian Open in 2015 and the first time he has ever lost to a player ranked outside the top 50 in NY.

"I think (Millman has) got a great backhand". He double-faulted 10 times - twice in the fourth-set tiebreak to lose control - and committed an uncharacteristic 76 unforced errors, 48 more than the patient Millman.

He reached the quarterfinals for an 11th consecutive appearance in NY as he bids for a third U.S. Open championship and 14th Grand Slam trophy.


Federer started well, racing through the first set and unsettling Millman by dropping the ball short.

He improved to 28-0 at the U.S. Open against opponents ranked outside the top 50, and here's another reason it wasn't all that surprising the way things went against Sousa: Djokovic is now 5-0 in their head-to-head series, taking all 14 sets they've played against each other.

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.

The Spaniard will be at that stage for the second time at the U.S. Open, five years after her other run to that round.

To make the little lad's day even more special, the 31-year-old then gifted him the hat off his head to go with his impressive new title.


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