Novak Djokovic reveals how he reacted to Roger Federer US Open exit

Djokovic, who next faces Kei Nishikori in a rematch of the 2014 semi-final, which he lost, said: "I was very tested". "Just trying to find a way to hang in there".

"In the general feedback we've gotten from players the last couple of years, a range of players, both male and female, the commonality we seemed to have been getting was: The courts were sort of gradually creeping up in speed, " Brewer said in an interview.

'It's easier said than done, especially these kind of conditions'.

Millman received a standing ovation as he left Arthur Ashe Stadium, and rightly so - the last time a male Australian tennis player reached a quarter-final at Flushing Meadows was Lleyton Hewitt 12 years ago at the 2006 Open.

'Look, I was, I think, alongside many other people, anticipating the match against Federer, and it was a surprise to see Millman win the match, ' Djokovic said after beating Millman.

It marked the first time Djokovic had won a Grand Slam since the birth of his second child, Tara, but he made it clear that his family has put his career into perspective. It's tricky. I gave it a crack.

It all began well enough as Millman made a similarly nervous start to the one he had against Federer, when he described himself as a deer in headlights.

Millman, meanwhile, insisted he was proud of his performances in NY over the past week. She's also the first Japanese woman to make the US Open semifinals in 22 years. Osaka routed Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches in the tournament that she finished in less than an hour.

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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", she said. Instead, Cilic held and then broke Nishikori on his way to evening the set at 4-all, but then Nishikori took the final two games.

"Really, if I could have just jagged a set, I think I could have been in there".

This night was cooler, as the temperature dipped into the 70s, but the humidity was above 80 percent, so with Millman drenched, he sought permission for a wardrobe change at 2-all in the second set. Two of the four women who play in Thursday's semifinals are from the United States - Serena Williams and Madison Keys. The 23-year-old Keys beat Suarez Navarro in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

"I didn't even know the rule", said Millman, whose request to leave briefly was permitted based on something called the "Equipment Out of Adjustment" provision in the International Tennis Federation guidelines, because his sweat was making the court slippery.

She won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

Djokovic has largely lived in the shadow of Federer and Nadal but he booked his place in another Grand Slam semi-final this morning.

Osaka had consecutive 50-minute matches earlier in the tournament, including a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing of Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the third round.

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