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Djokovic beats heat and Millman to reach U.S. Open semis

08 September, 2018, 14:54 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Roger Federer reveals he invited John Millman at home in Switzerland

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point against John Millman of Australia in a quarter-final match on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Cilic has made two grand slam finals since but Nishikori has never been back and will now take on either twice U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic or unseeded Australian John Millman for a spot in Sunday's final.

Two nights after Millman's tenacity and quality ball-striking caused Federer to wilt in the NY humidity, Djokovic battled to a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory.

Spanish defending champion Nadal faces Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro in the last four as he aims for an 18th Grand Slam title.

Millman has learnt to deal with such appalling bullying but says it can be distressing for players. With Millman serving at 4-5, Djokovic finally converted one - albeit only when the Aussie double-faulted.

American player Nicole Gibbs told CNN a year ago that she'd first started receiving online abuse while playing college tennis.

'I find it a bit unusual, they obviously lack a little bit of character'.

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after defeating Lesia Tsurenko, of Ukraine, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in NY.

It's a good point and something the authorities at Flushing Meadows need to address before next year, but having backed Djokovic at [3.8] before the tournament began it also sent all the right messages.

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"I, along with other people, was anticipating Roger, " Djokovic said.

In 2017, she was beaten by Sloane Stephens in the U.S. Open final; Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe were the other semifinalists, making it the first time in 36 years that the last four women in NY represented the host country.

The Argentine has had a pretty straightforward run to this stage, with the early quarter-final tie break against John Isner the only set he's dropped since the start of the tournament.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the high 80s but feeling about 10 degrees hotter with the humidity. "I'm not normally someone who changes full clothes, full kit".

"It will be a very tough one", three-time US Open victor Nadal said. We were all sweating.

It was Millman, in his loss to Djokovic, who received permission for the unusual mid-set outfit swap because he was leaving sweat all over the court. Just trying to hang in there, find a way to win a match.

The Serbian won only four of 20 break points against an opponent whose surprise run has been one of the stories of the tournament.

In the third set, Djokovic again claimed the break. But order was quickly restored when the Serb broke back in the match's penultimate game and then served out the victory at love.

"I think the guy's beat a brick wall once", Millman said, "because he makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".


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