Tennis: Heartbreak As Federer, Sharapova crash out of US Open
There will be no epic quarter-final showdown between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the US Open after the Swiss suffered a surprise four-set defeat to John Millman at Flushing Meadows.
Australian Millman, who had never previously beaten a top ten opponent, was not given much hope pre-match but defeated the 20-time grand slam winner 3-6 7-5 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/3).
Federer produced one of his poorest games on the big stage against the world No.55, struggling with all parts of his game and making 76 unforced errors.
The match did not finish until nearly 1 am but the temperature was still around 30C with extremely high humidity.
Earlier, Djokovic also struggled with the heat for the second time this tournament but came through a 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory over Joao Sousa relatively comfortably.
The other quarter-final in the bottom half of the draw will be a rematch of the 2014 final between Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori.
In the women’s draw, there was another shock as Maria Sharapova’s long-unbeaten record in night session matches at Flushing Meadows was ended in the fourth round by Carla Suarez Navarro.
Sharapova, the champion in 2006, had won 23 straight matches under the lights, including her previous three contests this year, but Suarez Navarro, on her 30th birthday, clinched a 6-4 6-3 victory to reach her second quarter-final in New York.