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Federer crashes out of US Open

Federer crashes out of US Open
Roger Federer returns a shot to John Millman.
New York, Sep 4 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/4/2018 11:51:01 AM IST

Roger Federer failed to cope with stifling conditions at the U.S. Open on Monday and suffered a shock 3-6 7-5 7-6(7) 7-6(3) defeat to unseeded Australian John Millman in the last 16.

Second seed Federer, who had not dropped a set in his first three matches, was uncharacteristically sloppy, committing 77 unforced errors and 10 double faults while landing just 49 percent of his first serves.

There was little sign of what was in store for the five-times champion when he took the first set with ease, before world No. 55 Millman turned the tables to win the second then held his nerve through two tiebreaks to secure the victory in three hours and 34 minutes.

While the temperature in New York hovered around 78 Fahrenheit (25C), Federer said high humidity was the problem at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I just thought it was very hot tonight,” Federer said. “Was just one of those nights where I felt I couldn’t get air. There was no circulation at all.”

“It’s one of the first times it’s happened to me... John was able to deal with it better. He maybe comes from one of the most humid places on earth, Brisbane. Some days it’s just not the day where the body can cope with it.” Federer started well, racing through the first set and unsettling Millman by dropping the ball short.

He looked to be cruising as he opened up a 5-3 lead in the second but squandered two set points when serving at 5-4 before making two unforced errors and a double fault that allowed Millman to draw level.

The 29-year-old Australian held serve and suddenly Federer found himself serving to force a tiebreak. He cracked, double faulting again and making two more unforced errors, as Millman roared back to level the match at 1-1.

After being caught out by the drop shot earlier in the match, Millman began to read it better and improved from a single net point won in the first set to 17 from a possible 30 by the end of the match.

Federer, who won five straight titles at Flushing Meadows between 2004 and 2008, continued to struggle with his serve, double faulting twice in a row in the final tiebreak and conceding the match with a forehand error.

Next up for Millman is a quarter-final match-up against Novak Djokovic, and Federer said the sixth seed will have a fight on his hands.

Suarez beats Sharapova

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Russian star Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 to earn her place in the quarter-finals of the US Open tennis tournament.

Suarez, who turned 30 on Monday, is playing her eleventh US Open and made it to the quarter-finals for the second time after her first quarter-final in 2013, reports EFE news agency.

Suarez’s win over Sharapova, who won the 2006 US Open, broke the Russian player’s winning streak of 22-0 on the centre court of the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, and was the second loss to the Spaniard in six games on the circuit (4-2).

Suarez’s next opponent will be the fourteenth favourite American Madison Keys, who easily beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-3, to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the second consecutive year.

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