Millman 'a little guilty' after shocking sub-par Federer

Federer was desperately poor in losing to the Australian world No. 55 John Millman, spraying 76 unforced errors, hitting two double faults in the fourth set tie-break and admitting afterwards that even in defeat he was just relieved when the torment of the match ended.

Millman will move on to the quarterfinals to face Novak Djokovic, who did his part Monday as he punched his ticket with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over unseeded Joao Sosa.

Roger Federer and John Millman shake hands at the end of the game.

Nine - including Nick Kyrgios only two days ago, Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final and Lleyton Hewitt seven times - had fallen prey to Federer in 20 straight grand slam matches over nearly 20 years.

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. "I thought in today's conditions, her ball was getting up on me a little bit more, much more than my previous three opponents that I played", said Sharapova.

Djokovic, the sixth seed on a comeback trail, is a major reason Federer is without an Open title for 10 years. "There was no circulation at all", said Federer, who was clearly below his best throughout the match.

"I guess I was happy when the match was over".

At least the last time Roger Federer lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, the upset fit the narrative.

"I just thought it was very hot tonight", Federer said after his fourth-round defeat. But as the match went on, I felt more comfortable, felt pretty good. You lose energy as it goes by.

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'But John was able to deal with it better. He maybe comes from one of the most humid places on earth, Brisbane. I'll obviously remember this for a long, long time.

'In all honesty, Roger's a hero of mine', Millman said. For me it was too much between the second and third set.

Said Millman: "Obviously it's probably a bit of a shock to a lot of people [that I won]". The pair spent a few days on court together in Stuttgart.

But he could not have expected him to maintain such a high level for more than three and a half hours. "Those were the guys I had to beat in order to be the No. 1, to win slams".

The Aussie overcame right shoulder surgery that forced him to miss 11 months, from May 2013 to April 2014, and groin surgery that made him sit out four months at the start of the 2017 season. Federer's loss spoiled a potential Wednesday showdown with Djokovic could be the match of the tournament.

Sharapova collected the trophy in NY at age 19 in 2006 and owns a total of five Grand Slam titles, but the Russian was far shakier than Suarez Navarro, who has never made it to the quarterfinals of a major.

"It's not easy, " Djokovic said, "to play in these kind of conditions". "Let's hope for a few more".

"I just struggled in the conditions". I look up to him.

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