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

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

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.

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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.

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