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Federer went down 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) to make his earliest US Open exit in five years, as his challenge faltered in the stifling humidity on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Aussie then held his cool to race to a 6-1 lead in the breaker before closing it out 7-3. "It's the one thing I've always done throughout my career". He said: "One thing about John is he is very level headed, very professional and he'll just approach it like he did Federer". For some reason, I struggled in the conditions tonight.

"Felt like a deer in the headlights to begin with, to be honest", he said courtside. "Feet weren't moving. Roger had me on a string". Millman knew that was the turning point.

In the end, he finished with 28 unforced errors to Federer's eye-popping 77.

Ron said Millman's humility probably came from being relentlessly teased by his older sisters.

It's the first time in Federer's career that he has lost to a man ranked outside the top 50 at Flushing Meadows. He also blew a set point in the third.

"Some days it's just not the day where the body can cope with it".

"In the course of the recreation I couldn't breathe, I couldn't achieve air into his lungs".

Fans noted the amount of sweat on Federer's shirt after the colossal game, with some labelling it is his worst service display in years. You have soaking wet trousers, soaking wet everything. The balls are in there, too. You try to play.

A persistent elbow injury meant Djokovic missed last year's tournament at Flushing Meadows, having reached at least the semi-finals every year since 2006. "I love his intensity". He jogs my memory of David Ferrer and different gamers. Millman wasn't going to be the sideshow for another one of Federer's primetime spectacles at the Open. During his break from the sport, Millman worked as a mortgage brokerage consultant in Brisbane - while still nursing and undergoing rehab for that injury. "Sadly for me, he comes from virtually the most well liked and humid locations on the planet", - quotes the phrases of tennis official website ATP. I know that. I'm very aware he didn't have a great day in the office. Maybe when you feel like that, as well, you start missing chances, and I had those.

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"That was disappointing. I was just happy that the match was over".

'We were looking for somebody who was a great guy, who could train hard, ' he admitted.

It also seems increasingly unlikely that he will triumph at another US Open. And I've seen that flippant tweet more times than I care to remember as he went on to win another three Grand Slam titles.

He will now play Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals on Thursday morning (AEST).

Former champion Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the US Open in the fourth round on Monday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro who inflicted the Russian's first ever night-time loss at the tournament. Federer is in the twilight of his career, but he is doing his best to prolong it.

In his only previous meeting with Djokovic, Millman lost 6-2, 6-1 at Queen's Club.

She was able to play through the pain and eventually won the match in 2 hours, 32 minutes.

Instead, it's Djokovic v Millman, a match-up that has seen a 75 per cent drop in prices, down to as low as $US61 for the same seat. "It wasn't my time yet", he said, and it was the little voice that told him this that made him postpone his plans for a retirement and only fuelled his drive to get back on the court.

"He's an incredible player".

"He's definitely not at his best, but I'll take it". Yeah, but why not?


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