Roger Federer’s serve was poor, his closing was as poor as the serve and was beaten in the US Open, by an opponent who happened to not even be a top player. These are all the firsts in his career.
On that sweltering Monday night, Federer looked tired and slow after he couldn’t convert three set points, double-faulting 10 times and going down 7(7)-6(3) in his fourth round with John Millman.
People were waiting for the matchup between Roger Federer and the 13-time champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. But now, it’ll be Millman, ranked 55th and never having made it past the third round in a Grand Slam which was only till last week.
This was not a stunner either. Millman entered the day 28-0 in the U.S. Open and not to mention 127-1 against opponents below no. 50 ATP ranks in Grand Slam matches.
Federer had two set points when serving second at 5-4, and failed to pull through. Same was with the time he held a set point in the third set at 6-5 in the tiebreaker.
The fourth set saw him go up a break, 4-2. The umpire had to plead for silence and Federer uncharacteristically was broken in the sloppy game as he slapped it into the net when he could’ve countered it easily.