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Because it's a great game and it's taken me to many places.' Australia was in the spotlight at the US Open thanks to Millman, who said: 'I commented just off the court that I'm a very proud Australian.

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.

Survive and thrive: Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over John Millman in the US Open quarter-finals.

Djokovic would win the second set 6-4 and repeated the dosage in the third, and paid tribute to his gritty opponent, who will leave NY $660,000 richer.

"(The match was) nearly three hours - it's midnight now. He's truly a great fighter. He's had an incredible tournament. The man who beat Federer, 55th-ranked John Millman, said it was hard to hold his racket.

The conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium were so rough that Millman requested a break at 2-2 so he could change his clothes, which were soaked with sweat.

The game resumed after roughly 6 minutes, but Millman's break didn't remedy the situation.

Deeming it an "equipment out of adjustment" provision, the umpire did not penalize the Australian for the break. Djokovic paid credit to his opponent.

Schiavone, 38, said she accomplished both her goals as a player, which were to win at Roland Garros and reach the top 10 in the world. Just trying to hang in there, find a way to win a match. "It's happened a couple of times in this tournament that you survive on the court and thrive with a win".

Those injury concerns resurfaced in the weeks leading up to the US Open, but Millman says that might have worked to his advantage.

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And he gave them enough reasons to cheer.

"There are so many people that stayed at the stadium and its past midnight".

"I was struggling, he was struggling, we were all sweating", Djokovic said.

A shirtless Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, smiles during a changeover in a quarterfinal against John Millman, of Australia, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in NY.

Millman has spoken out about online critics before, when he suffered abuse after failing to convert two match points against then-world number three Grigor Dimitrov at the Brisbane International earlier this year.

Djokovic, the victor in 2011 and 2015, faces Kei Nishikori in Friday's semi-finals, his 11th successive appearance in the last-four.

It's incredible to think Millman could find himself such a target after stretching Djokovic to nearly three hours in a 6-3 6-4 6-4 defeat that was much closer - and stressful for the Serbian superstar - than the straight-sets scoreline suggests.

While second favourite Rafael Nadal [3.65] dragged himself through almost five hours and was kept playing until almost three in the morning to win his quarter-final, Djokovic has dropped only two sets since the start of the tournament.

Djokovic, for whom this was an 11th consecutive quarter-final victory, said: "I personally have never sweated as much as I have here".

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