Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
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US Open heatwave finally set to end but Novak Djokovic demands action

US Open heatwave finally set to end but Novak Djokovic demands action

Hungry for more, John Millman is eyeing an Australian Open seeding after his US Open odyssey ended with a sapping quarter-final loss to Novak Djokovic.

While Millman retained the form that helped him upset world No.2 Roger Federer two days earlier, Djokovic showed his class to see off the Queenslander, but the NY crowd appeared to be on Millman's side. It took the Serbian two hours and 48 minutes to seal his progress on another hot and humid night 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.

The Serb, twice champion at Flushing Meadows, has now won all 11 of his quarter-final matches in NY. "They weren't easy conditions but it's the same for both players".

That came during an unusual stoppage after four games of the second set when Millman requested to go off court to change his whole kit - organisers clarified later that the break was permitted because the Australian was sweating so much it was making the court unsafe. While Millman changed his clothes - for the first time because he did it later in the match too - Djokovic took off his shirt, sat back in his chair and just chilled. He was able to come through on only four of his 20 break points.

"I was very tested, nearly three hours, it's midnight, " Djokovic said in his on-court interview.

Novak Djokovic may have prevailed victorious over John Millman, but the Serb also made history with a shot clock mishap. Millman saved five break points, even survived two straight double-faults. "Just trying to find a way to hang in there".

But he broke back in the match's next-to-last game, then served out the victory at love.

Earlier Wednesday, Nishikori defeated the man he lost to in the final four years ago, Marin Cilic, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4. His semifinal matchup with Djokovic will be a repeat of the 2014 semi, which Nishikori won in five.

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.

Millman, who said he's usually not an excessive sweater, was surprised. This will be Keys' second consecutive semifinal appearance at the US Open. It's literally after two games you're soaking. I think she can win the title now.

Keys, who is 23, thinks she is more equipped than ever to deal with important moments on important stages.

'Because he plays so fast, he makes me more alert from the first point. "And not shying away from those, but just really being honest about it and talking about it".

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