Djokovic gets through on hot day; Federer next at US Open

Roger Federer salutes the crowd after beating Nick Kyrgios in the US Open third round. AFP

Roger Federer salutes the crowd after beating Nick Kyrgios in the US Open third round. AFP

Australian John Millman has shown plenty of heart in his fourth-round US Open match against world No.2 Roger Federer, winning in four sets.

The victor will play Novak Djokovic, who easily accounted Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 earlier in the day.

With the US Open's heat advisory put back into effect, the pair traded punishing groundstrokes under the blazing sun and it was Cibulkova who was often pinned well behind the baseline and at the mercy of her opponent.

Until Monday night, Federer had been 40-0 against opponents outside the Top 50 at the US Open, according to the official match report. Not simply because Federer lost - he entered the day 28-0 at the US Open, and 127-1 in all Grand Slam matches, against foes below No. 50 in the ATP rankings - but how he lost.

"I definitely think it was a special one, no doubt about it".

"I felt like a bit of a deer in the headlights to begin with, Roger had it on a string and he was manipulating me around the court".

Now he meets Djokovic in his first Grand Slam quarter-final on Wednesday. That was the first time in tournament history that the U.S. Open created an extreme heat policy for men's matches - players 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.

Kei Nishikori is into the quarterfinals of his return to the U.S. Open.

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But it's his father Ron, nicknamed "The Fox", who has become somewhat of a social media star, after getting lost on his way to watch his son play at the Wimbledon earlier this year.

But on the very same court on which Federer destroyed Hewitt 6-0 7-6 6-0 in the 2004 US Open final, Millman stared down the greatest player of the professional era to send the world No.2 crashing to his earliest grand slam defeat in nearly four years.

Defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 previously, the young Aussie had to be booted off the court because there were so many people lining up for autographs and photographs.

In the women's draw, Maria Sharapova was delivered a surprising upset at the hands of Spain's Carla Suárez Navarro.

Osaka beat No. 26 Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to earn her first trip to a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Nishikori missed the U.S. Open past year because of a right wrist injury.

She was able to play through the pain and eventually won the match in 2 hours, 32 minutes. She hit only 17 winners but the 19-year-old Vondrousova made 90 errors - 73 unforced.

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