Millman shocks Federer

NOT EASY: Switzerland's Roger Federer uses a fan to cool off during his fourth round game against John Millman of Australia. AFP

Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova crashed out of the US Open on Monday in back-to-back seismic shocks under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights.

Federer, the five-time champion and looking to end his 10-year wait to add to his total in New York, was beaten by Australia's world number 55 John Millman 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3).

It was 20-time major winner Federer's first loss against a player outside the top 50 in 41 meetings at the US Open.

He finished with 77 unforced errors and 10 double faults.

"It was very hot. I felt I couldn't get any air and I was sweating more and more and became more and more uncomfortable," explained Federer.

He added: "John dealt with it better -- he's from Brisbane, one of the most humid places in the world!" It was the world number two's earliest defeat at the tournament since a fourth round loss to Tommy Robredo in 2013.

The result meant there would be no quarterfinal showdown with old rival Novak Djokovic who will now face Millmann instead.

"I have so much respect for Roger and everything he's done for the game. He's been a hero of mine," said Millman.

Sharapova, the 2006 champion, suffered a second successive last-16 exit in New York, blasted off court by Carla Suarez Navarro.

The Spanish player marked her 30th birthday in style with a memorable 6-4, 6-3 win over the five-time major champion whose last Slam title was in Paris in 2014.

Federer had cruised through the first set against Millman who was appearing in his maiden last-16 at the majors.

But the Swiss, who lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon where he was defending champion, began to look every bit the 37-year-old he is as he struggled in the suffocating humidity.

He squandered two set points in the second set and another in the third set tiebreak as the errors piled up.

Federer was 4-2 up in the fourth set but was reeled in and two back-to-back double faults sent him 1/4 down in the tiebreak.

The contest was when he hit a weary forehand wide. Djokovic reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over unseeded Joao Sousa.

Marin Cilic, seeded seven, beat David Goffin of Belgium 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-4 and next takes on Japan's Kei Nishikori who saw off German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Cilic defeated Nishikori in the 2014 final when he won his only Slam title. Sharapova, the 2006 champion who was trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012, hit 38 unforced errors and dropped serve six times.

The defeat also ended the former world number one's perfect record of 23 wins -- 22 of them on Arthur Ashe Stadium -- in night sessions at Flushing Meadows.

"I thought she played really well. I thought in today's conditions, her ball was getting up on me a little bit more, much more than my previous three opponents that I played," said Sharapova.

Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, beating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, tearfully admitting she was prepared to "break a leg" to win the match.

The 20-year-old became the first Japanese woman in the US Open last-eight since Shinobu Asagoe in 2004.

Osaka, seeded 20, came back from a break down in the final set to take the tie on a fourth match point when Sabalenka served up an eighth double fault.

"I would never have forgiven myself if I had lost that match," said a tearful Osaka.

Osaka will next face Lesia Tsurenko, the 36th-ranked Ukrainian who beat Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-2. 

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