Five-time champion Roger Federer has been knocked out of the US Open in the fourth round by world number 55 John Millman.
Federer squandered a one-set lead and fell to the Australian 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday night, at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The crowd who were overwhelmingly behind the Swiss, could not believe what they were seeing, as the second seed suffered his first defeat in 41 matches at the US Open.
It is Federer’s earliest loss at a slam since the Australian Open in 2015 and first time the 37-year-old has lost to a player ranked outside of the top 50 at the US Open.
“I’m probably in a little bit of disbelief,” 29-year-old Millman, said after 3hr.35 minutes in the cauldron of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine,” he added.
Millman will play two-time champion Novak Djokovic in his first Grand Slam quarter-final on Wednesday.
In the women’s event, which was also categorized be a surprise victory, after Maria Sharapova was knocked out by Carla Suarez Navarro.
Sharapova who was the champion at Flushing Meadows back in 2006, saw her perfect record under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium come to an end as she was beaten, 6-4 6-3 by Suarez.