That sound you hear is the air going out of Wednesday night at the U.S. Open.
The blockbuster quarterfinal everyone penciled in has been erased. There will be no mega Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic showdown under the lights.
John Millman, an unknown 29-year-old Australian in the first Round of 16 grand slam match of his 12-year career, spoiled the party. The unseeded and 55th-ranked baseliner pulled the Labor Day stunner, rallying from a set down to oust a shaky Federer 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) at Arthur Ashe Stadium in a three-hour, 35-minute match that stretched into early Tuesday morning.
“I just thought it was very hot tonight,” Federer said. “It was just one of those nights, I guess, I felt I couldn’t get air. There was no circulation. … Maybe when you feel like that, you start missing chances.”
The loss marked the second-seeded Federer’s earliest departure from Flushing since losing to Tommy Robredo in the 2013 fourth round, extending the 20-time slam champion’s title drought at the Open to 11 years. It was also his first defeat to a player ranked outside the top 50, and Millman’s first win over a top-10 opponent.