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US Open 2018: Roger Federer Defeated by Australian John Millman

Badminton | Associated Press | September 4, 2018, 3:08 pm
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 Roger Federer served poorly. He volleyed poorly. Closed out sets poorly, too. And now he's gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his illustrious career. (Image: AP)

Roger Federer served poorly. He volleyed poorly. Closed out sets poorly, too. And now he's gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his illustrious career. (Image: AP)

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 Looking slow and tired on a sweltering night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the No. 2-seeded Federer double-faulted 10 times, failed to convert a trio of set points and lost 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) in the fourth round to John Millman in a match that began Monday (September 03) and concluded at nearly 1 am on Tuesday (September 04). (Image: AP)

Looking slow and tired on a sweltering night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the No. 2-seeded Federer double-faulted 10 times, failed to convert a trio of set points and lost 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) in the fourth round to John Millman in a match that began Monday (September 03) and concluded at nearly 1 am on Tuesday (September 04). (Image: AP)

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 To Federer, it was all about the heat and the humidity. With the temperature in the 80s, even with the sun down, and the humidity at about 75 percent, he was unable to summon his usual verve. (Image: AP)

To Federer, it was all about the heat and the humidity. With the temperature in the 80s, even with the sun down, and the humidity at about 75 percent, he was unable to summon his usual verve. (Image: AP)

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"Was just one of those nights where, I guess, I felt I couldn't get air. There was no circulation at all. I don't know, for some reason I just struggled in the conditions tonight. It's one of the first times it's happened to me," the 37-year-old Federer said. (Image: AP)

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"It's uncomfortable. Clearly just keep on sweating more and more and more and more as the match goes on. You lose energy as it goes by. But John was able to deal with it better," Federer added. (Image: AP)

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 It's only the second time in Federer's past 14 appearances at the US Open that he's lost before the quarterfinals.(Image: AP)

It's only the second time in Federer's past 14 appearances at the US Open that he's lost before the quarterfinals.(Image: AP)

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 Federer is, after all, a five-time champion at the tournament, part of his men's-record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles.(Image: AP)

Federer is, after all, a five-time champion at the tournament, part of his men's-record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles.(Image: AP)

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 So much for that highly anticipated matchup between Federer and 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. (Image: AP)

So much for that highly anticipated matchup between Federer and 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. (Image: AP)

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 Instead, it'll be the 55th-ranked Millman, who had never made it past the third round at a Slam until last week, taking on No. 6 seed Djokovic. (Image: AP)

Instead, it'll be the 55th-ranked Millman, who had never made it past the third round at a Slam until last week, taking on No. 6 seed Djokovic. (Image: AP)

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 Millman was adamant he would not be intimidated by Federer, and perhaps was helped by having spent time practicing together a few months ago ahead of the grass-court portion of this season. (Image: AP)

Millman was adamant he would not be intimidated by Federer, and perhaps was helped by having spent time practicing together a few months ago ahead of the grass-court portion of this season. (Image: AP)

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 Federer hung his head at a changeover, a little black fan pointed right at his face, but nothing seemed to make him feel like himself. (Image: AP)

Federer hung his head at a changeover, a little black fan pointed right at his face, but nothing seemed to make him feel like himself. (Image: AP)

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"When you feel like that," Federer said, "everything is off." (Image: AP)

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