Unseeded Australian John Millman pulled off the upset of the tournament, defeating Roger Federer in the fourth round of the 2018 US Open.

World Number 2 and five-time champion Roger Federer was sent packing from the 2018 US Open by Australian John Millman. The unseeded Aussie played the match of his life, defeating the Swiss legend 3-6 7-5 7-6(7) 7-6(3) in a nail-biting fourth round encounter.

Roger Federer was unable to replicate the form that saw him capture the Australian Open earlier this year.

Federer looked out of sorts the entire match, spraying errant shots in a display that could be described as almost cringe-worthy. The former champion seemed reluctant to employ his backhand or even his fearsome forehand, relying on slices and drop-shots to no avail.

Millman, seemingly energized by Federer’s sullen demeanor, was the aggressor and attacked Federer from both wings. His speed and consistency were a sight to behold, as he seemed to frustrate the Swiss with every shot. Growing in confidence with each game, the Australian’s groundstrokes were impeccable, hitting winners from every imaginable angle.

After a routine first set in which he won 6-3, Federer’s level of play dipped as Millman’s peaked. The 5-time champion hit a cadre of unforced errors, ranging from forehands to easy put-away volleys. Abandoned by his often reliable serve, the Swiss hit 9 double faults during the entire match. There was almost an audible sigh of relief when he sent his final shot long, giving Millman the match in just over 3 hours.

One could say that Millman played spoiler to the much anticipated Federer-Djokovic quarterfinal, but Federer would not have stood a chance had he shown up in the form that was on display today. No word yet on if he was hampered by an injury or just fatigued, but it’s safe to say that the former champion will yet again fail to add another US Open trophy to his illustrious resume, a title that has eluded him since 2008.

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