Yeah, why not? - Millman plots another upset against Djokovic

Yeah, why not? - Millman plots another upset against Djokovic

That was the first time in tournament history that the US Open created an extreme heat policy for men's matches - they can opt for a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets - similar to what's standard on the women's tour, when there can be a delay between the second and third sets.

The Swiss maestro was dominant in the opening set and claimed it 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, but faced resilience from his Australian opponent in the second set, losing it 7-5.

However, the 37-year-old Federer delivered a strangely lethargic performance on Arthur Ashe Stadium - prompting some pundits to question whether he was 100 per cent fit - and Millman capitalized superbly to earn the biggest win of his career by far.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion double-faulted 10 times, including twice in a row during the final tiebreaker. She said afterward she felt dizzy and was "just asking nature, I don't know, the god, to move the shade".

Although there had been concerns about an injury to the 37-year-old Federer, he said he melted in the NY heat. For some reason, I struggled in the conditions tonight.

The 32 degree celsius heat, though, is much tougher on Djokovic, who showed the same blank expression, rosy cheeks and sweat-soaked shirt as during his first-round match last week. You lose energy as it goes by.

"John was able to deal with it better", Federer said. "He maybe comes from one of the most humid places on earth, Brisbane!"

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"I felt like a deer in the headlights at the beginning, to be honest with you".

"I guess I was happy when the match was over".

It helped that Federer made only 49 percent of his first serves, easily the lowest of his four matches here. His winning percentage on those points is only 28 percent on first serves (Djokovic is 35 percent), but Millman has won almost 60 percent of return points on his opponents' second delivery. "I thought John played a great match in hard conditions". The balls are in [your pockets], too.

"Maria has played here at night many times so I knew I needed to be aggressive, focussed and play solid", said the 30th seeded Spaniard. "It's a late finish, but I'll try to get plenty of sleep, have a bit of a light hit tomorrow afternoon, get the body in good order".

The conditions were undoubtedly tough - though surely no worse than what players faced in the daytime - but there was a more concerning line from Federer that suggested the fight ultimately wasn't there.

There is no doubt that this was a shocking result for the Swiss maestro, especially considering the position he put himself in, having two set points to lead by two sets to love.

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