Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Novak Djokovic defeats John Millman to reach 11th US Open semifinal

Novak Djokovic defeats John Millman to reach 11th US Open semifinal

"But like I said on court, I would back myself playing during the daytime also".

Many in the crowd had figured they would see a classic Djokovic-Federer quarterfinal, but the underdog Millman crashed the party.

Marin Cilic, of Croatia, argues with the chair umpire during a match against Kei Nishikori, of Japan, in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in NY. Keys recorded her best result at a grand slam at last year's US Open when she finished runner-up to Sloane Stephens.

John Millman, rear, exits to change his shoes he said were soaked from sweat, while opponent Novak Djokovic changes his shirt on court. "It's been pretty hot here, and it can be - I don't think, whatever the humidity is on the outer courts or in the city, I think it's amplified on centre court".

In an extraordinary - and sad - postscript to his magical US Open run, Millman said he even expected to come under attack after losing his quarter-final to grand slam colossus Novak Djokovic.

'He's got one of the best two-handed backhands in the game and very quick, ' Djokovic added.

"We were both struggling and trying to hang in there".

The victory was not as easy for the sixth seed as the scoreline suggested, Australian Millman providing stoic resistance before Djokovic came through to take his first match point after two hours 49 minutes, just before midnight local time.

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In the middle of the match when Djokovic had a 6-3, 2-2 lead over John Millman, there was an unexpected pause in play so Millman could change his clothes.

But Djokovic composed himself to break again for 5-4 and this time made no mistake, moving through to the semi-finals for the 11th straight time he has competed here. That was at Wimbledon in 1995, and both Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date lost in that round.

Next up is a mouth-watering clash against Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro and should Djokovic bag a third NY crown, he would join 14-times Grand Slam victor Pete Sampras in third on the all-time list, trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17).

Keys, the runner-up to Sloane Stephens a year ago, took her record over Suarez Navarro to 4-0 thanks to a break in the ninth game of the first set and sixth of the second. He won 73% of points when he got his first serve in and 66% when he got his second serve in while forcing Millman to play nearly 30 more points in his service games.

She's the only member of that quartet who made it back to that round, using her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3.

She won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

Nishikori, the 21st seed, advanced with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic - the man who beat him in the 2014 final. No wonder that Djokovic is [1.23] to reach his eighth US Open final.

Normally, players are only allowed to head off the court between sets to change what they're wearing. But while some spectators believe that it is cooler now, Wednesday night's quarter-final between Djokovic...

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