Roger Federer faces shock defeat at US Open

New York [USA], Sep 5: Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer crashed out of the ongoing US Open after being stunned by world number 55 John Millman in the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s singles event here at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old went down 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) against his Australian counterpart in a thrilling round of 16 clash that lasted three hours and 35 minutes.

In an absolutely impressive performance, Millman made just 28 unforced errors and won 51 per cent of the baseline points to gain an upper hand against the five-time US Open champion.

Federer, on the other hand, seemed to be struggling in the match as he failed to convert two set points in the crucial clash. In the third set, which was a tie-breaker, Federer missed the set point as he could not capitalise on the Millman’s second serve.

In women’s singles event, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova also made an exit from the tournament after being defeated 4-6, 6-3 by Carla Suarez Navarro in their pre-quarterfinal match.