Novak Djokovic ends John Millman's improbable US Open run

Novak Djokovic Marin Cilic Kei Nishikori Madison Keys are quarterfinal headliners

Novak Djokovic Marin Cilic Kei Nishikori Madison Keys are quarterfinal headliners

But the heat on the court also led to this brief, odd and delightful moment from Novak Djokovic on Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old, who had knocked out world number two and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki in the second round, hit 31 unforced errors and won just seven points off the Japanese star's serve.

After reaching his 11th semi-final in New York, Djokovic will face Kei Nishikori on Friday.

The thirteen-time Grand Slam title victor will now take on Kei Nishikori of Japan to book his berth in the second consecutive Grand Slam final of the year.

It has already been a successful return to Flushing Meadows for Nishikori who missed the U.S. Open previous year with a wrist injury that saw his ranking plunge and put him on the comeback trail that included playing Challenger-level tournaments.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, was ousted on Monday by John Millman, an unseeded player from Australia.

In fact Cilic has won all three of their clashes at the US Open - beating Nishikori in the second round in 2010 and in the third round in 2012.

Djokovic downed Millman 6-3 6-4 6-4 in a drama-charged war of attrition to end the unseeded Australian's gallant run and reach his 11th semi-final in NY. Millman played magnificently: matching forehand to forehand, running down shots that only Djokovic could catch, and often wrong-footing him.

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Osaka's next opponent will likely be her toughest yet, as she's set to face Madison Keys in the semifinals.

He had two game points for a 5-2 lead but a double fault and a backhand wide opened the door for Cilic, who stormed through, shouting "Got it!" when he secured the break to narrow the gap to 4-3.

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.

"You know, I have never seen Roger [Federer] sweat, ever", Isner said. It was Millman, in his loss to Djokovic, who received permission for the unusual mid-set outfit swap because he was leaving sweat all over the court.

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"Well, it definitely means a lot for me, and I always thought if I were to win a Grand Slam, the first one I'd want to win is the US Open, because I have grown up here and, like, then my grandparents can come and watch", Osaka said. Federer had the advantage in the shortest and mid-range points while Djokovic erased that deficit with the better performance in the longer rallies, saving many of those break points after drawing Roger into more extended exchanges where he had the upper hand. That was at Wimbledon in 1995, and both Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date lost in that round.

Deep in the second set, Djokovic, the Serb with perhaps the strongest return game in history, had failed to convert 13 consecutive break points. "I think this tournament needs to address this".

"He makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".

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