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Read how it all unfolded below. Courtney Walsh 2. Although he was unable to claim a set off the Serbian when beaten in 2hr 49min, he did engage the superstar in a gruelling baseline encounter, as evidence by a particularly high average rally length of 6.
To put that into perspective, in an epic encounter a night earlier, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem averaged 4.
Novak Djokovic and John Millman embrace. Picture: Getty Images After an embrace at the net, Millman departed Arthur Ashe Stadium having given his all, a point acknowledged by Djokovic who applauded him as he walked off the court. It is midnight now. Credit to John for putting up a great battle.
I have played him only once in my career. He has been around for quite a few years and he has been known around the tour as a guy with a hard-working ethic. You can see that.
He fights for every point and he is never going to give you the win. Djokovic celebrates. Picture: AFP And the level of his tennis over the past fortnight, but also through much of the year, suggests he can go higher. The first Australian man to play in a US Open quarterfinal since Lleyton Hewitt in , Millman started nervously against the reigning Wimbledon champion, falling behind But after recovering from in his second service game, from then on the Australian was right in the quarterfinal and played at a level similar to that which delivered him the stunning upset of Federer.
But while he was able to challenge the former world No 1 for significant periods during the match, he could not deliver the punch that might have enabled him to place significant doubt in Djokovic.
There was a bizarre period in the match when, at 2-all in the second set, play was delayed at the agreement of both players for several minutes.
The Queenslander asked his rival if, because he was wringing wet, he could change his clothing and his shoes. Djokovic, who had asked a game earlier for the area behind the baseline to be towelled down due to the sweat patches Millman had left on the court, had no issue.
John Millman left the court mid-set to change. This is not illegal, but it is something generally frowned upon. He was struggling.
We were all sweating. I am actually OK sitting down for ten minutes.
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It was great. Picture: AFP To demonstrate the pressure Millman was under, the Serbian held 14 break points in the first two sets but clinched only two. This is a credit to Millman. Djokovic is considered one of the best ever players on return and his level in the quarterfinal was high.
With the second set in his keeping as the clock ticked towards two hours, the time grand slam champion was able to edge ahead again early in the third when breaking Millman in the third game.
Djokovic was not exactly cruising, but certainly in control when another unusual situation occurred at Serving at all, Djokovic was issued a warning by the chair umpire after expiring the 25 seconds between points on the shot clock before beginning the point.
He immediately double-faulted. Then, in the following game, Djokovic was docked a first serve after again breaching the rule in a bizarre loss of concentration. In commentary, John McEnroe suggested he did it on service to test the umpire. Picture: Getty Images When he dragged a forehand wide, the set was back on level terms.
But Djokovic again regained his focus when the Australian was serving at 4-all, with some precise shot-making proving too much for his rival as he moved to Millman was able to save two of the opportunities by finally yielded when netting a crosscourt forehand.
Adrian McMurray 1. Novak to serve for the set, and the match. Talk about a turning point. Huge Djokovic double fault with a serve warning from the chair and an unforced error and suddenly Millman has levelled the set at 3-all.
The Aussie then wins his next six points and is in front in the third, ! Djokovic with the chance to break Novak gets another chance He goes on to take the game and is still in this one.
Djokovic still leads , , John Millman. Djokovic takes the early break in the third, despite a promising start to the game. Djokovic seems to have found a second wind and is locking down the court.
Djokovic leads , , He kicks off the second game of the set with another winner off his backhand — his 19th winner of the match — before errors crept in for both players. So, at stages through that set it looked like Novak was struggling, but he still had enough in the tank to move to a two-set lead.
Picture: AFP You could see in some of the shots he was playing he was clearly looking to finish things off quickly, but Millman is up for the fight.
Djokovic seemed to benefit just as much as Millman did. The Australian saves two break points, but a shocking double fault hands Djokovic the break and — in all likelihood — the set, now up Adrian McMurray Djokovic had a chance to break at 3-all, but the Australian rallied with consecutive forehand winners taking him to a advantage.
That break did Millman a world of good, winning it to love, while Djokovic finishes off his own service game with a backhand winner to lock us back up at 3-all. Seems like someone else enjoyed a rest as well Summertime, and the livin' is easy He seems to be in genuine distress, with the 71 per cent humidity affecting the world No 6.
Millman opts for a shirt change, and leaves the court to freshen up. Pretty crazy tennis, and equally wild antics around the court.