Djokovic battles heat to reach US Open last eight

Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet

Djokovic did his part improving his flawless record in US Open fourth round contests to 11-0 leaving it to Federer, who will take on Australian John Millman in the late contest on Arthur Ashe Stadium court to give the fans what would be a hotly anticipated matchup.

Millman fought back to win 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) in three hours 38 mins.

There he will face 55th-ranked John Millman after the Australian defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3, to seal his first appearance in a grand slam second week.

"I'm probably in a little bit of disbelief", Millman said after smashing Federer's 40-from-40 record against non-top 50-ranked rivals at the US Open. "He's been a hero of mine and today he was definitely not at his best but I'll take it".

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Following an injury interrupted campaign in 2017, Millman closed out the calendar year ranked 128th overall.

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. He double-faulted 10 times - twice in the fourth-set tiebreak to lose control - and committed an uncharacteristic 76 unforced errors, 48 more than the patient Millman.

The next foe? That could be Roger Federer.

Federer started the match well, breaking his opponent to love in his first service game to take a 2-0 lead and not yielding any break chances as he sealed the opener at the third attempt. The net is out further and the court is more narrow, so for a shot like this to happen in a practice, you will be running into a fence and you will hit it into the net. The Slovak got on the board for 3-1 with a forehand victor down the line, but Keys reeled off the final three games, breaking for 5-1 after Cibulkova punched a backhand volley wide on break point, then holding in the next game with two aces and a backhand down-the-line victor on set point. A Federer double-fault enabled Millman to pull even at 5-all and Federer lost his serve again when his backhand sailed long, evening the match at a set apiece.

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