Federer blames heat for shock loss to unseeded Millman

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The next foe? That could be Roger Federer.

Federer, like any great champion, refused to throw in the towel and showed emotion for the first time after breaking for a 4-2 lead in the fourth.

He finished with 77 unforced errors and 10 double faults but had a host of chances to take wrap up matters in straight sets, squandering set points in the second and third sets.

Roger Federer fell victim to one of the great upsets in US Open history this morning.

More shocking than his departure was the manner of the 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 7-6 (3) loss to the Australian, with Federer simply wilting in the suffocating humidity and exiting a Grand Slam before the quarter-finals for just the fifth time since 2004.

Federer had cruised through the first set against Millman who was appearing in his maiden last-16 at the majors. Before the start of the grass-court season, Federer invited Millman to train with him in Switzerland.

Still, this was a stunner. Not simply because Federer lost - he entered the day 28-0 at the U.S. Open, and 127-1 in all Grand Slam matches, against foes below No. 50 in the ATP rankings - but how he lost.

Federer endured massive struggles with his serve throughout the fourth-round clash, the second seed finishing the encounter with a first-serve percentage of 49.

The crowd on Arthur Ashe, who were overwhelmingly behind the Swiss, could not believe what they were seeing.

But he gave the break back in the next game after slamming an overhead into the bottom of the net on game point.

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And then there was his serve.

Keys, who has made at least the quarterfinals in three of the four Grand Slams this year, fired six aces and had no double faults to dispatch Cibulkova in short order.

Federer took the opening set courtesy of a break in Millman's first service game. The 36th-ranked Tsurenko, who upset Caroline Wozniacki, left the court after the first set because of the heat and was a different player when she returned.

"When I was a break down in the final set I thought I would even break a leg if needed so I could get to every ball".

Federer said the unfancied Australian handled the heat better than he did.

Sept 3, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia tries to cool off in the heat during a change over while playing Joao Sousa of Portugal in a fourth round match on day eight of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Not in terms of money, but more just a hearty thank you.

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.

Elsewhere in the men's bracket, No. 7 seed Marin Cilic moves on to meet No. 21 seed Kei Nishikori in a quarterfinal.

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