Chair umpire gives John Millman OK for off-court shirt switch

Doug Mendoza
September 8, 2018

Kei Nishikori advanced to the U.S. Open semi-finals on Wednesday with a grinding 2-6 6-4 7-6 (5) 4-6-6-4 win over Marin Cilic, gaining a small measure of revenge on the man who crushed his grand slam dream in the 2014 final.

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Nishikori followed Naomi Osaka on Arthur Ashe and victories for both made it the first time in the Open era that Japan has been represented in the semi-finals of both the main draws.

In the other quarterfinal clash on Ashe, American Madison Keys, the runner-up at last year's U.S Open, reached her third semifinal in the last five Grand Slams, defeating Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3.

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. "Everything gets slower as you try to hit winners", Federer said.

The USTA said in a statement that Millman was not charged with a "change of attire or bathroom break" because the situation fell within the purview of the definition of the "Equipment Out of Adjustment" provision.

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"I was very tested, nearly three hours, it's midnight, " Djokovic said in his on-court interview. "Maybe if he wasn't Novak, I might have (a) chance to play little better".

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"I was struggling. He was struggling", Djokovic said.

Djokovic was tied 2-2 with Millman when Millman had to tell the chair umpire he was just way too sweaty to continue without a break.

"I definitely think I can build off this and hopefully finish off the year really well and then look forward to the most exciting time for an Australian tennis player in the Australian Open".

Conditions were not as hot or humid as they had been on Monday or Tuesday but still uncomfortable and Djokovic again looked in distress and asked the doctor for a nasal spray. "Changing a lot of t-shirts, shorts and just trying to hang in there and find a way to win the match".

That policy also allows for a 10-minute break between the second and third sets of women's singles semifinal matches on Thursday night. If the stadium reverberated under the chants of "Come on, Roger!" two days back, cries of "Aussie!" Incredible. I mean, I have to take at least 10 shirts for every match. After the first, he double-faulted, and he wound up getting broken there.

Osaka, 20, came back from a break down in the final set to beat red-hot Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the fourth round while 36th-ranked Tsurenko - who beat world number two Caroline Wozniacki in the second round - edged Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova.

"I think the guy's beat a brick wall once", Millman said, "because he makes you work hard for every point and it's relentless".

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