Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

'The sweating doesn't stop': Sweltering heat derails tennis stars at US Open

'The sweating doesn't stop': Sweltering heat derails tennis stars at US Open

I think that this tournament needs to address this, because whether it's night or day, we just don't have air down there.

Many in the crowd had figured they would see a classic Djokovic-Federer quarterfinal, but the underdog Millman crashed the party.

Serbian sixth seed Djokovic, who will cap the night session, is in familiar territory, appearing in his 11th quarter-final at Flushing Meadows, and looks like a favourite with five-time victor Roger Federer knocked out of his half of the draw.

American player Nicole Gibbs told CNN previous year that she'd first started receiving online abuse while playing college tennis.

"Well, it definitely means a lot for me, and I always thought if I were to win a Grand Slam, the first one I'd want to win is the US Open, because I have grown up here and, like, then my grandparents can come and watch", Osaka said. "I was not feeling well", she said.

In humid conditions that seemed to sap both players, the 29-year-old couldn't equal that match's intensity against Djokovic, a two-time US Open champion who's playing in his 12th American slam tournament. Novak won just two points more than Roger and he had to dig deep in his service games to emerge as a victor before the deciding set, saving 19 out of 23 break points and stealing Federer's serve six times from 13 opportunities. "Just trying to hang in there, trying to find a way to win the match".

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, was ousted on Monday by John Millman, an unseeded player from Australia.

"I was struggling, he was struggling, we were all sweating, changing clothes".

A forehand error from Djokovic let Millman level at 3-3, but the sixth seed carved out three break-points in the next game, converting the third before serving out the match and sealing the win with a backhand volley in 2hr 48 min. "I could use the break, " Djokovic told Millman. He was able to come through on only four of his 20 break points. He won 73% of points when he got his first serve in and 66% when he got his second serve in while forcing Millman to play nearly 30 more points in his service games. Williams has won further 73 career titles so far in her career that has spanned over two decades.

Rafael Nadal will put his tired body on the line against a merciless Juan Martin del Potro on Friday with a place in the US Open final at stake. With Millman serving at 4-5, Djokovic finally converted one - albeit only when the Aussie double-faulted.

Nishikori, the 21st seed, advanced with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic - the man who beat him in the 2014 final.

The victory also completed a historic day for Japanese tennis with Naomi Osaka routing Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-1 and the pair became the first Japanese man and woman to reach the semi-finals of the same grand slam.

The other men's quarterfinal features No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic against John Millman.

"It's great to see, " said Nishikori, who is into his third major semifinal - all in NY - but is still in search of his first Grand Slam trophy.

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