Australia's John Millman victorious against Roger Federer at US Open

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Nishikori advanced in the afternoon with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Millman fought back from being down a break early in the fourth set to force a tiebreak.

Djokovic, the No. 6 seed in the men's draw, is 28-0 at the US Open when facing an opponent ranked outside the Top 50.

Federer, indeed, did not play as well as he had in the opening three matches, when he didn't drop a set.

There was little sign of what was in store for the five-times champion when he took the first set easily, before world No. 55 Millman turned the tables to win the second then held his nerve through two tiebreaks to secure the victory in three hours and 34 minutes.

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During lengthy exchanges from the baseline, Sharapova often blinked first, although a couple of times the righty managed to switch her racket to her left hand for a desperation shot to extend a point. All these players now at the US Open, they get access to the physios on site, but when you have a guy like Roger that every single day his body is getting taken care of, his body is getting worked on, it literally slows the ageing process.' 'Roger has a game style that has such little stress on his body, he floats around the court, he keeps the points short, he's still so quick.

The two-time champion, who is now 28-0 in NY against players outside the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings, is bidding to lift his third US Open title on his first visit to the tournament since reaching the 2016 final.

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.

Millman cursed himself for missing one set point but threw everything into a series of forehands to bring up a second and forced Federer into another error.

The 32 degree celsius heat, though, is much tougher on Djokovic, who showed the same blank expression, rosy cheeks and sweat-soaked shirt as during his first-round match last week.

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The Aussie then held his cool to race to a 6-1 lead in the breaker before closing it out 7-3.

Federer had never previously lost at the US Open to a player outside the top 50, a record spanning 40 matches, but that streak came to an end as Millman recorded a stunning 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) triumph.

Keys lost to Sloane Stephens in last year's final, and also lost to Stephens again this year in the French Open semifinals.

"I felt like a bit of a deer in headlights to begin with, to be honest with you", Millman said.

She was able to play through the pain and eventually won the match in 2 hours, 32 minutes. The big win for Navarro comes on her 30th birthday.

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