Friday, 16 November, 2018

Djokovic beats heat and Millman to reach US Open semis

Marin Cilic Kei Nishikori Rafael Nadal faces Juan Martin del Potro in the other semi-final on Friday
Chelsea Rogers | 08 September, 2018, 19:28

Beleaguered US Open organisers have come under further pressure over the lack of air circulation inside Arthur Ashe Stadium after Novak Djokovic, a two-times champion here, described the largest tennis arena in the world as a "sauna".

Wednesday, the fans appreciated Millman's hustle and indomitable spirit after he made his share of wild gets but succumbed to Djokovic in a more-complicated-than-it sounds 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 loss. It's tricky. I gave it a crack.

The No. 7 seed faces No. 21 Kei Nishikori on Wednesday, four years after beating the Japanese player for his first Grand Slam title.

Nishikori also needed to labour through five sets to beat Marin Cilic and given the effects of fatigue backing Djokovic to win this one in straight sets at [1.99] looks a decent price.

Djokovic and Millman share a sweaty hug after their match.

The 29-year-old Tsurenko, who had struggled with the heat during her three-set win Monday over Marketa Vondrousova, grabbed her legs several times during the match, but did not ask for any medical help. "I was surprised. But it wasn't Roger's day". "He makes you miss balls and makes you earn the point", the Serb said.

"Sure I'm happy I played at nighttime". Nearly three hours, it's midnight now.

"I try to fight every point".

It was first played at the U.S. Open in 2005, but did not have a match in Arthur Ashe Stadium until past year. But up 3-2, he received two time violations and Millman broke back for a 4-3 lead. "Very few details decide the victor of those matches".

The late-evening's humidity played a factor.

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"He was apologising, he felt very sorry that he has to leave the court and change". I'm also happy for myself, too, being injured a year ago.

The game resumed after roughly 6 minutes, but Millman's break didn't remedy the situation.

"I said, 'Man, go ahead!"

Millman's run to the quarterfinals will move him up in the rankings to 35. U.S. Open officials began putting it in play last week, when temperatures first soared into the mid-90s.

After groin surgery in February 2017, Millman went to work for a mortgage brokerage firm, unsure if he still had a tennis career to bank on.

Osaka had it much easier, continuing what's been a largely dominant run through the draw by winning in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn't even have to play an hour.

Roger was super aggressive, just in Cincinnati a few weeks earlier where he beat Djokovic in the final, and he had much more winners than Novak, including those from forehand and backhand wings and also at the net, but he made too many unforced errors which plagued his chances together with an enormous number of break points he wasted in no less than 11 different games!

Djokovic threatened to pull away all through the match but was never able to shake off Millman. The first six games took 42 minutes, but after an hour Djokovic had the first set in the bag. Djokovic got an early break and was cruising.

Keys, the runner-up to Sloane Stephens previous year, 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.

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