New York, September 4: Five-time champion Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open fourth round, beaten in four sets on Monday by 55th-ranked Australian John Millman.
Millman’s 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) victory in his first Grand Slam fourth round match scuppered a blockbuster quarter-final between Federer and Novak Djokovic.
It marked Federer’s earliest US Open exit since he fell in straight sets to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round in 2013.
Federer had set points in both the second and third sets, but troubles with his serve infected his entire game and 77 unforced errors doomed the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the face of a determined attack from Millman.
“I’m probably in a little bit of disbelief,” Millman, 29, said after three hours and 35 minutes in the cauldron of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine.” (AFP)