US Open 2018: Djokovic marches past Millman into semi-final

Lynette Rowe
September 11, 2018

Djokovic was tied 2-2 with Millman when Millman had to tell the chair umpire he was just way too sweaty to continue without a break. He or Djokovic could have slipped. With Djokovic struggling in the conditions, Millman rushed off the court before the changeover to change his wet clothes after the chair umpire deemed the conditions unsafe enough that he should do so in a clarification tournament officials released later.

Beforehand recognized tennis participant was named the favorites for the US Open event.

Millman's stunning fourth-round victory over Roger Federer will elevate the 29-year-old to 37th in the world next week, leaving him well placed over the next two months to secure a top 32 seeding for Melbourne Park.

"You don't stop sweating, though". "You're dripping. But that's no excuse or anything. The sweating doesn't stop", Millman explained, according to ESPN.

John Millman had the biggest upset of the U.S. Open two nights ago when he sent No. 2 Roger Federer packing.

The temperature clocked in at 92 degrees. "He played an awesome tournament". I didn't really want to come off.

Keys, a 23-year-old American who is seeded No. 14, overwhelmed Suarez Navarro with her powerful serve and groundstrokes, building a 22-10 edge in winners.

It has even affected the most elegant player in the men's game. After two games you're literally soaking.

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"I didn't even know the rule", said Millman, whose request to leave briefly was permitted based on something called the "Equipment Out of Adjustment" provision in the International Tennis Federation guidelines, because his sweat was making the court slippery.

"With tennis, each time you have to start from scratch and if you don't have a whole lot of money, which I definitely didn't, starting from scratch and going back to the grind is physically and mentally quite challenging". "There was no circulation at all".

The No. 6-seeded Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, had been drawn to face Federer in the quarterfinals. "I was, alongside many other people, anticipating the match against Federer", Djokovic said.

And on meeting the man who stands in his way to another US Open final, Nishikori said: "Yeah, always excited to play Novak because it's great challenge for me", said Nishikori. "It feels like sauna".

But the heat on the court also led to this brief, unusual and delightful moment from Novak Djokovic on Wednesday night.

Djokovic leaned back, put his hands behind his head and stretched his legs Wednesday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, looking more like someone relaxing by the pool than a guy in the grind of a Grand Slam match. The roof was closed on Thursday afternoon, before the women's semifinals later that evening, in anticipation of thunderstorms.

It was first played at the U.S. Open in 2005, but did not have a match in Arthur Ashe Stadium until past year. You have soaking wet trousers, soaking wet everything.

'Whenever you have a loss, you tend to cop it'. The stadium has an air conditioning system of sorts - a water-cooled ventilation system blows air into the seating areas - but it's hard to effectively cool the cavernous, 24,000-seat facility. "Novak's a champion. He's played a lot of Grand Slams and he knows how to win them". Incredible. I mean, I have to take at least 10 shirts for every match. It gets harder to do anything in humidity like that.

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