Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic made it to the semi-finals of the US Open 2018, created record by defeating Roger Federer’s conqueror John Millman today. At the Flushing Meadows, this 32 years old bagged a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory and has won all the 11 quarter-final matches he played in New York.
Djokovic stands on number six in the world ranking and will play on Friday with Japan’s Kei Nishikori with a world ranking of number 4. Having missed US Open 2017 due to his elbow injury, he will be participating in semi-finals almost after a decade.
Throughout the match, Millman tried his best to keep Djokovic on the court and at times distracted him with some breath-taking recovering. The Serbian Player was able to convert only one of his first 13 break points and appeared to be struggling in the high humidity. He also requested for a nasal spray at one moment during the match.
“I personally have never sweat as much as I have here. Incredible. I have to take at least 10 shirts for every match. It’s literally after two games and you’re soaking,” said Djokovic in a post-match media conference.
“I asked the chair umpire whether they are using some form of ventilation or air conditioning down at the court level, and he says that ‘he’s not aware of it’, that, you know, only what comes through the hallway type of thing.”
“I think that this tournament needs to address this. I mean, because whether it’s night or day, we just don’t have air down there. It feels like sauna.”
Djokovic can surpass Pete Sampras’ record by beating Nishikori in the forthcoming match. Nonetheless, he has to fight with Millman once again on Arthur Ashe Stadium.