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Novak Djokovic beats John Millman, to face Kei Nishikori in US Open semi-finals

Novak Djokovic ended John Millman’s fairytale US Open run on Wednesday, beating the 55th-ranked Australian in straight sets to book a semi-final clash with Kei Nishikori.

tennis Updated: Sep 06, 2018 09:57 IST
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Novak Djokovic,John Millman,Kei Nishikori
Novak Djokovic hits a return to John Millman during their US Open men's Singles quarter-finals match.(AFP)

Novak Djokovic managed to do what Roger Federer could not: beat 55th-ranked John Millman at the US Open.

Djokovic moved a step closer to a third championship at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam title overall by eliminating Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

The No. 6-seeded Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, had been drawn to face Federer with a semi-final berth at stake.

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But Millman scuttled that showdown by stunning the 20-time Grand Slam champ in four sets in the fourth round on a hot and humid evening that Federer said sapped his energy and made it hard to breathe.

This one wasn’t exactly simple for Djokovic: He only converted four of 20 break points. And he finished with 53 unforced errors.

But he did move on, and now will face Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 09:56 IST