No sweat! Djokovic admits 2018 US Open toughest mission

No sweat! Djokovic admits 2018 US Open toughest mission

The Wimbledon champion has struggled in the unusually extreme conditions in NY this year and was again in discomfort during a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over Australian John Millman that lasted almost three hours.

How competitive Millman was against Djokovic, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, is illustrated by his tally midway through the third set of 24 winners (to 29 by Djokovic) and 46 unforced errors (to 55 by Djokovic).

"I was saying to some of the boys on my team a couple weeks ago that it was dire straits for me", he added.

The first semi-final will be between multiple Grand Slam victor Serena Williams, seeded 17 here following her time out of the sport when she suffered serious health complications after giving birth to a daughter, and 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. Incredible. I have to take at least 10 shirts for every match.

From early on in the match Millman, who had never previously progressed past the third round at Flushing Meadows, looked flustered and out of breath.

The US Tennis Association said in a statement that Millman was sweating so profusely that the moisture dripping onto court had made the surface too unsafe to play on. She's also the first Japanese woman to make the US Open semifinals in 22 years.

"To be honest with you, I think in a day or two time I will be yesterday's news", Millman said.

"I personally have never sweated as much as I have here". As play resumed, so did Djokovic's dominance and Millman literally had the air sucked out of him, this time for reasons not the weather.

"It's fantastic to have the roof but it feels like a sauna".

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"I needed that rest", said Djokovic, who finally gained the decisive break in the penultimate game of the final set then served it out at love. But while some spectators believe that it is cooler now, Wednesday night's quarter-final between Djokovic...

"He doesn't miss a lot himself, so he just runs left, right, gets a lot of balls".

Arthur Ashe Stadium had played host to a series of epic contests since Djokovic's fourth-round victory over Joao Sousa on Monday afternoon, with Millman sensationally eliminating a hot and bothered Roger Federer before Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori each progressed in gruelling five-setters to join Juan Martin del Potro in the last four.

When Djokovic broke for the second time, the audience reacted with a polite, appreciative smattering of an applause.

"I really have respect for him".

"I'd picked up a little injury in Cincinnati (in early August) and wasn't really happy".

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after defeating Lesia Tsurenko, of Ukraine, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in NY.

"I don't know why but it's always a battle with Marin", said Nishikori, who stretched his career record over the seventh-seeded Croatian to 9-6.

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