That was incredible! I've never seen Djokovic ravaged like that, and never seen anyone play quite like that; respect to Millman, and we'll see what Djokovic has left on Friday. Thanks for your company and night-night!
Novak Djokovic - John Millman
US Open men - 6 September 2018
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Djokovic 6-3 6-4 6-4 Millman -
The fitness of these two is just ludicrous, disgusting and disgraceful; I am in awe of both of them. This has been a match unlike any other I've ever seen and it's been an absolute thrill to watch it, even if the outcome has never been in serious doubt. These two have put themselves through a mangle here, BUT DJOKOVIC HAS DONE IT! HE SERVES OUT TO LOVE AND WILL NOW PLAY KEI NISHIKORI FOR A PLACE IN THE FINAL!
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 5-4 Millman -
Brilliant stuff from Djokovic to make 0-30, the second point won after a succession of backhand slices sets up a backhand pass. And then Djokovic outlasts Millman to raise three break-points ... two are saved, by stepping in to try and force the issue in the rally for the third, after two big forehands are sent back, he nets the third. Djokovic is about to serve for the match!
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 4-4 Millman -
Millman is just brilliant at chasing the ball and hitting it back into court, over and over again. But Djokovic rights himself, holding to 15.
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 3-4 Millman -
Millman holds to love! A few minutes ago Dokovic looked set for the double-break, now he's behind in the set.
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 3-3 Millman -
A double-fault - after a warning for taking too long - gives Millman his second break-point of the match at 30-40 and then Djokovic loses his first serve for being too slow! Then puts a forehand wide! Millman is still in there and fighting for this!
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 3-2 Millman -
Djokovic gets 0-15, giving him 11 of the last 15 points and things might move quickly from here. Millman is fading, but from 0-30 gets to 30-all; of course he does! They then fight to deuce by way of a saved break-point, and following a Djokovic winner, another is saved by way of ace. From there, Millman closes out, and he's still in there scrapping. This really is one of the most remarkable performances I've ever seen.
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 3-1 Millman -
Djokovic's drop-shots are generally not working, and one is pasted back at him to give Millman 0-15. But Djokovic battles to 40-15, then overhits a backhand; "Why?" he asks himself, before cleaning up following a challenge of a ball not called long.
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 2-1 Millman -
Millman is forcing this a bit more, looking to hit winners more often, but from 30-0 he finds himself break-point down, and as he did in the last set, he delivers a double-fault! Suddenly, Djokovic is nearly there!
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 1-1 Millman -
Djokovic has to go through deuce for his hold, forced, on game-pint to hit 95 extra balls. But he gets there in the end.
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 0-1 Millman -
Millman is still here and holds to 30. He's wearing Lotto, which delivers in retro what it lacks in style.
Ten minutes off.
Djokovic 6-3 6-4 Millman -
Against Federer, Millman waited to be a set and two set-points down before making his move, and we're nearly there again ... we're there. BUT DJOKOVIC BRINGS IT HOME! WILL THAT BE ENOUGH TO BREAK MILLMAN?
Djokovic 6-3 5-4 Millman -
As we get to the business end, Djokovic is looking to stay in points, not play shots to end them one way or the other, and winner for followed by a double puts him in sight of a break. He eventually has two goes at getting it, but misses both chances! That's one from 13 converted now, but it doesn't matter! After saving a game-point, he racks another and Millman obliges with a double-fault. Djokovic will now serve for the set!
Djokovic 6-3 4-4 Millman -
Millman is properly celebrating every point, which is fair enough given the work he's put in and is putting in to win them. Djokovic holds to 15, but again has to fight his arse off for it.
Djokovic 6-3 3-4 Millman -
That recess might just've taken pop out of legs, because what we're seeing now is pretty sedate relative to what we've seen until now. Millman, whose consistency has been almost as incredible as his stamina, is starting to make mistakes, and Djokovic forces a break point ... which he misses. He's now taken one from 11. Djokovic then tries a drop as the rally reaches 26 shots - he just wants out - and Millman wallops a winner then clinches the game.
Djokovic 6-3 3-3 Millman -
The ballkids are wearing Polo trainers - I'm remembering my childhood Golas in order to share their shame. Djokovic holds to 15, and that was more like the kind of game we saw at the start of this match.
Djokovic 6-3 2-3 Millman -
We're all button-bright and boxfresh again, and Millman serves out a love game. I think we all needed that.
Djokovic 6-3 2-2 Millman -
Djokovic is doing all he can to finish points early, but Millman is a cardiomonster, chasing down a lob like billy-o to thrash a forehand winner! From 15-all, though, Djokovic gets out of the game and Millman asks Djokovic if he can change, explaining he literally cant carry on, so sweaty is he. Djokovic says he fancies a "little rest" so sits down and removed his shirt. I've never seen anything like this, and I've never seen a match like this - and I can't even feel the humidity. Djokovic has now asked for some tablets that hi wife has, and this is all beautifully chaotic. Sport! Tennis!
Djokovic 6-3 1-2 Millman -
At 15-all Djokovic goes to the well again, taking control of the point before dumping a forehand on wobbly legs. From there, Millman cleans up.
Djokovic 6-3 1-1 Millman -
Djokovic looks like he's been dragged through a hedge. A hedge in a swimming pool. But by the standards, he enjoys a relaxing hold, to 15.
Djokovic 6-3 0-1 Millman -
So has Millman taken a toll that he can exploit? Or has he done himself to no avail? Oh I say! Djokovic gets to 0-30, then a wondrous get at the net from Millman sees him slant a drop across the net only for Djokovic to go around it, Federer-style, back it up, and arrange three break points! But Millman saves the lot! Oh seriously! Another furious rally at advantage Djokovic, but he's made t play one more ball by another killer of a chase and he puts a volley into the net with his man naehwere! And Millman closes out!
Djokovic 6-3 Millman -
It's not often you see Djokovic outlasted but Millman has started hitting winners and again gets to 0-30 ... and again Djokovic responds. He needs a free point, but he doesn't have the serve for it ... but the net-cord helps him out and dribbles one over for set point. I feel tired just watching this, and Djokovic goes fractionally long so we have another deuce; phew. And look at that! A phenomenal get from Millman catches the baseline and Djokovic smashes into the net! It's a long old time since I've seen a match as brutal as this, a Djokovic-Murray from the golden age I guess, and Djokovic saves break-point ...the finally seal the set and I cash out my accumulator which is waiting for him to win in three. That was phenomenal! Well played both men! One hour, nine games!
Djokovic 5-3 Millman -
Millman just can't get himself an easy point, though in fairness, Djokovic hasn't had many of those of late. This is just so punishingly physical - the slower courts are killing these lads - and Djokovic is not enjoying the struggle at all which is to say Millman is going about this in precisely the correct manner. His only hope is to outlast yerman, and he's made him serve for the set with a hold to 30.
Djokovic 5-2 Millman -
Djokovic plays a couple of lazy shots and finds himself 0-30 behind - when he drops, he knows that one way or the other, the point will soon be over. Anyway, this is now a match, but Djokovic rinses through four in a row to put himself one away from the set; can Millman make him serve for it?
Djokovic 4-2 Millman -
It's possible Djokovic gets bored of these long points and winds up losing a breaker - I'm not sure how he loses his serve. But Millman looks like hanging onto his again at 40-15, only for a forehand return to come hurtling past him, and we end up at deuce, going backwards and forwards several times. Eventually, after some brilliant rallies, shots and winners - and more than a quarter of an hour - Millman narrows the gap. Six games, 42 minutes.
Djokovic 4-1 Millman -
Djokovic holds to 15. I think he might win this set.
Djokovic 3-1 Millman -
We've had a lot of physical points early on, pretty much all of them dominated by Djokovic - Millman has yet to hit a winner, but there's one, a forehand behind a serve. They end up at deuce thanks to Djokovic's lovely volley on the stretch, and from there, Millman brings it home.
Djokovic 3-0 Millman -
Millman is doing a decent job of sticking in the rallies, but he's got no way of ending them beyond hoping Djokovic makes a mistake - which happens a lot more than once, but still a lot less than most. He takes one point in this game - a double fault - and looks totally outmatched. He did lose the first set to Federer last night, but this isn't that.
Djokovic 2-0 Millman -
Millman looks tense here, but is still trying to put Djokovic under pressure by staying on the baseline - when receiving, he retreated. Ad what a rally they produce at 30-15, 26 strokes and clinched by Djokovic's backhand and angles on the backhand; then at 30-40, Millman wins a 27-shotter! This is great already, and a forehand winner gives Djokovic another break-point, and this time he takes it! Millman needs a physical match because he's not about to hit winners, but good luck trying that with this lad.
Djokovic 1-0 Millman -
Djokovic is seeing and hitting it nicely right away, moving Millman around the court with ease and expertise, holding to 15. Already: big game coming up.
Djokovic will serve first...
These two have only met once, in the first round at this year's Queens. Djokovic won 2 and 1.
Millman is very confident and says he deliberately made it a physical match against Federer, whom he knew to be struggling in the heat; Djokovic is younger and 10 and 0 in US Open quarter-finals. Or should that be quarters-final.
I've not the slightest idea what Millman is going to do about this, I'm afraid ... but then I thought just as much last night. The things is, I think we can now say that Federer is on the way down, whereas Djokovic is on the way back up. It'll take something monumental to stop him between now and Sunday.
Morning all, and welcome to Novak Djokovic v John Millman!