US Open: Keys advances to semifinals
- Author: Stacy Allen Sep 09, 2018,
Sep 09, 2018, 1:22
It was a sad comedown for the unheralded Aussie, who put in the shift of a lifetime on Tuesday to oust the five-time victor with a four-set victory.
No U.S. man has won the singles title in NY since Andy Roddick in 2003, and none has even reached the semifinals since Roddick in 2006.
"Very tested. nearly three hours, it's midnight now". "Credit to John, he put up a great battle". He's a truly great fighter.
"He's had an wonderful tournament, first quarterfinals". He's had an unbelievable tournament and to come out and fight for three hours he deserves a round of applause.
"Very tested", said Djokovic, who admitted that like many he was surprised to find himself facing Millman, not Federer, across the net.
Tsurenko, who had 31 unforced errors, went up 40-15 in the first game of the second set, but was broken again.
"The chair determined that the surface was unsafe enough to invoke the "Equipment Out of Adjustment" provision in the ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials and allowed Millman to go off court to change clothes/shoes", read the statement issued by the USTA. A smiling Djokovic admitted that he'd welcomed the mid-set rest while his opponent changed.
"I was behind in head-to-head with both of these guys up to recently", said Djokovic, who also leads Andy Murray, 25-11.
"Whether it's night or day, we just don't have air down there", he said. I have lost - probably the biggest match I lost against him was here back in 2014, I think, in semis. "It just depends on how you feel playing against them, which kind of surface it is, what part of the year, and so forth". He praised the Arthur Ashe crowd and thanked them for staying up to cheer him on. It will have two more played at the main stadium this week. "These guys love tennis.it's a pleasure to come back to NY and play in front of you guys", he said, addressing the fans.
She also played the longest Grand Slam match for a woman that year, overcoming six match points to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in 4 hours, 44 minutes in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Djokovic forced Millman to play off the baseline as he took the ball early which allowed him to take control of pace and rallies.
Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam on Wednesday when she defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in the last-eight of the US Open, admitting she was "freaking out" inside. "Hopefully many people were cheering in support".
Francesca Schiavone has retired from tennis after a career in which she won the French Open title and three Fed Cup championships with Italy.
"So I think that's something to really think about, consider and address".
"I wish I don't go to five sets every time, " Nishikori said.
The 20th-seeded Osaka, a rising talent who won her first career title in March at Indian Wells, used a lethal ground game and solid serving to overwhelm a worn out Tsurenko, who laboured in stifling conditions on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
Keys was one of four American women in the final four a year ago, when she was the runner-up to Sloane Stephens.