I couldn't get air - Federer admits to struggles in US Open heat

Novak Djokovic:'Overcoming Roger Federer was one of my ultimate challenges'

Novak Djokovic:'Overcoming Roger Federer was one of my ultimate challenges'

Roger Federer during the men's singles fourth round match against John Milman at the 2018 US Open.

"He reminds me of David Ferrer and those other guys that, you know, I admire a lot when I see them, when I see how they train, the passion they have for the game", Federer said. Not simply because Federer lost - he entered the day 28-0 at the US Open, and 127-1 in all Grand Slam matches, against foes below No. 50 in the ATP rankings - but how he lost.

As Federer's serving went from bad to worse, Millman - who was growing in confidence - immediately broke again to level the match.

Federer, who won the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam in January, committed 76 unforced errors and hit 10 double faults, including twice in a row during the final tie-break.

"(I'm) probably in a little bit of disbelief", he said after the match. "Maybe when you feel like that, as well, you start missing chances, and I had those", said the Swiss. Millman beat Federer after a gripping four sets 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6.

The 37-year-old five-time champion laboured to his earliest loss at the tournament in five years with his challenge sinking in the crushing humidity on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Egyptian man's backpack ignites near US Embassy, arrested
The area has been cordoned off after the incident, and there is now a heavy presence in the area, with dozens of officers nearby. Embassy in Egypt after chemicals in his backpack caught fire, an episode authorities labeled a botched attack.

The three-and-a-half hour match turned into a baseline slugfest as Millman became the only player outside the top 50 - he's now ranked 55 in the world by the ATP - to put out the former champion at Flushing Meadows.

Millman has struck 72 winners to 140 from that of Federer, Mikhail Kukushkin and Fabio Fognini combined. With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic now back to their best, Federer is not finding it as easy to win the big tournaments. "I think I'm still under the impression of the Strokes of Genius I watched a couple days ago, that was really cool".

But the 20-time grand slam champion said the hot and humid conditions in NY simply got the better of him. Djokovic could have certainly been the man to stop it before Millman got there first.

The other quarterfinal on the bottom half of the draw will be a rematch of the 2014 U.S. Open final: No. 7 Marin Cilic against No. 21 Kei Nishikori. After all, Federer has won five of his 23 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open.

He has since added the 2017 US Open and an 11th Roland Garros this year, taking his total to 17, just three behind Federer.

Showing his age, unable to go the distance, a fraction slower than required - the carcass of the legendary warrior is tumbling towards the eager jaws of those internet oracles desperate to prove they were the first to call the demise of tennis' most trophy-laden son.

Recommended News

  • Kindergarten principal sacked for pole dance show

    Kindergarten principal sacked for pole dance show

    It was also confirmed the pole the performers were using was supplied by the dance company, and not a flag pole. Standaert witnessed the performance while taking his children to the school.
    Android 9 Pie Open Beta is Available for OnePlus 6

    Android 9 Pie Open Beta is Available for OnePlus 6

    The update brings a new Gaming Mode 3.0 as well with added text notification mode and notification for third-party calls. As such, moving to the OxygenOS Open Beta 1 is not recommended for all but advanced users who are aware of the risks.
    Federation Internationale de Football Association  reveals final list for Best Player award

    Federation Internationale de Football Association reveals final list for Best Player award

    Real midfielder Luka Modric was named the World Cup 2018's player of the tournament as Croatia reached the final against France . But Messi blows all three of them out of the water, the Barca star having attempted 399 dribbles, of which 253 were successful.
  • South Africa stumbles into a recession

    South Africa stumbles into a recession

    The rand stretched losses against the dollar to more than 2 percent and government bonds fell after the data was released. Growth was dragged lower by five of the ten sectors of the economy, underscoring just how broad-based the weakness is.
    Tom Brady Likes Colin Kaepernick Nike Advertisement On Instagram

    Tom Brady Likes Colin Kaepernick Nike Advertisement On Instagram

    Others are saying that Nike , which raked in more than $30 billion in profits previous year , would weather the protests. Several social media posts include people burning or throwing away their Nike shoes.
    New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern defends $50,000 flight

    New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern defends $50,000 flight

    He said this exchange was civil and the pair agreed to leave and seek written permission from the government. National Party foreign affairs spokesman Todd McClay said Dreaver's detention had been unacceptable.
  • Children killed in Russian strikes on Syria's Idlib: Monitor

    Children killed in Russian strikes on Syria's Idlib: Monitor

    Overnight Saturday, a string of explosions at a military airport near the Syrian capital reportedly killed two regime fighters and injured 11 others.
    Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode renamed to Firestorm, supports 64 players

    Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode renamed to Firestorm, supports 64 players

    " Battlefield V " developer DICE dropped some hints about the game's new battle royale mode in a trailer released on Tuesday. The open beta is still scheduled to start on September 6 (or September 4 for early access players).
    Prince Harry and Meghan's pinky promise with 'champion' little girl

    Prince Harry and Meghan's pinky promise with 'champion' little girl

    In one heart-warming exchange, Harry told one little girl to "to never hide that brilliant smile away". The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007.
  • Florence becomes a hurricane in the Atlantic

    Florence becomes a hurricane in the Atlantic

    Gordon is expected to reach hurricane strength when it hits the Gulf Coast, including coastal MS , by late Tuesday. For 2020, it said it expected Brent to average $75 a barrel, up from its previous forecast of $55.

    Tropical Storm Gordon likely to become a hurricane Tuesday

    Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited. A hurricane watch is in effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.
    EPL: Neymar makes shocking Premier League top-four title prediction

    EPL: Neymar makes shocking Premier League top-four title prediction

    The win, which was secured thanks to goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart and saw Watford come from behind, leaves the Hornets sitting third in the table heading into the global break.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.