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US Open: Novak calls for action over sauna conditions

08 September, 2018, 19:29 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Roger Federer was knocked out of the US Open by John Millman

John Millman had the biggest upset of the U.S. Open two nights ago when he sent No. 2 Roger Federer packing.

A gutsy display from the 55th ranked player certainly earned him the adoration of the crowd on Arthur Ashe, but the 30-year old was found wanting at crucial points during the game as the more-experienced Djokovic turned things up a notch whenever needed.

Djokovic, reigning Wimbledon champion, moves to Friday's semifinals against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

The No. 21 seed continued his strong season after returning from a wrist injury that forced him to miss the U.S. Open past year and will play No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic on Friday.

In the other quarter-final, Nishikori advanced with a grinding 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4 win over Marin Cilic in 4hr 8min, gaining a small measure of revenge on the man who crushed his Grand Slam dream in the 2014 final. Just trying to hang in there, find a way to win a match.

Beforehand recognized tennis participant was named the favorites for the US Open event.

It was the battle of the best players in the world and the dominant figures in NY in the last 10 years, with Djokovic prevailing 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 in three hours and 21 minutes to lift his 10th Grand Slam crown and only the second in NY despite playing six finals there. Several players, including Roger Federer, have reported that it is a struggle to breathe during matches.

Tsurenko labored in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical timeout in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second.

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Keys faced only two break points, one while serving for the victory in the final game, and saved both.

Seventh-seeded Croat Cilic, a three-times Grand Slam finalist who reached the showpiece game in Melbourne this year, has had a fairly easy path to the quarters apart from a five-set tussle in the third round with Australian Alex de Minaur.

"We know it can be very hot here in Australia", he said at the time.

It was a sad comedown for the unheralded Aussie, who put in the shift of a lifetime on Tuesday to oust the five-time victor with a four-set victory.

But they also underscore a growing problem: increasing nighttime temperatures.Under climate change, overall temperatures are rising - 2018 is on track to be the fourth-warmest year on record - but the warming is not happening evenly.

"Very tested", Djokovic said. "I could use the break, " Djokovic told Millman. The Serb saved five break points in the second game of the second set and he had to dig deep at 4-5 as well, fending off two set points in the game with seven deuces to level the score at 5-5.

Djokovic said the tournament needs to address the problem of air-conditioning in an arena which can hold nearly 25,000 people. She won the Indian Wells Open and made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Osaka becomes the first Japanese woman in a Grand Slam semifinal since Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1996. "Changing a lot of T-shirts, shorts", said Djokovic. "John is never going to hand you the win". Djokovic got an early break and was cruising.



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