Aussie John Millman has caused a major upset at the US Open, beating Roger Federer in four sets.
The Flushing Meadows crowd was left in shock as the big Queenslander posted the biggest win of his career to advance to the quarter-finals.
The 29-year-old came from a set down to take out the match 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3).
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Millman got off to a slow start while Federer was at his blistering best in the opening set.
But the Aussie regathered himself in the second set and had the Swiss master’s measure in the third and fourth, taking the final two sets in tie-breaks.
Up to that point Federer hadn’t lost a set all tournament as he had his eye on a sixth US Open crown.
It’s also been 19 years since an Australian managed to overcome Federer in a grand slam when Pat Rafter beat him at the French Open in 1999.
Millman was in a bit of disbelief after today’s win.
“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game, he’s been a hero of mine, today he wasn’t at his best, but I’ll take it,” Millman said.
Millman says he grew in confidence as he took out the second set.
“I felt like a bit of a deer in the headlights to begin with to be honest with you, the feet weren’t moving and Roger had it on a string,”
“He was manipulating me around the court, but I got out of a tough second set and really found my feet, and started to be a little bit more aggressive and I think I started to serve really well and probably capitalised a little bit on Roger having an off service day.”
Millman has now set up a quarter-final showdown with sixth seed Novak Djokovic.