Australian John Millman has shown plenty of heart in his fourth-round US Open match against world No.2 Roger Federer, winning in four sets. Nishikori advanced in the afternoon with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
For Sharapova, it's her first loss at night at the US Open, moving her to 23-1 all-time under the lights at the Open. She took long pauses between points in the first-set tiebreaker, then left the court for treatment after it.
Despite the applause and gasps from the crowd, as well as his opponent, Federer appeared as cool and calm as ever as he flashed a small smile and walked back to the end of the court ready to commence play again.
The third set was a much tighter affair with just one break chance to Federer in the very first game as it went to a tiebreak, Federer squandering a set point at 6-5 before Millman clinched to go ahead point at the second attempt to lead for the first time.
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For his troubles, John Millman - whose rabid fanbase are called Millminions for what it's worth - now faces another huge task in sixth-seeded Novak Djokovic in his quarter final matchup. Keys punched her ticket to the quarterfinals with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 35 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. That was the first time in tournament history that the US Open created an extreme heat policy for men's matches - players can opt for a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets - similar to what's standard on the women's tour, in which there can be a delay between the second and third sets.
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Nadal praised the 26-year-old Basilashvili, who will break into the top 30 for the first time when the next rankings are released after the tournament. In fact, he has never won an ATP event, falling in the final to Marco Cecchinato of the Hungarian Open earlier in April, according to a report on the website of US Open.
"Felt like a deer in the headlights to begin with, to be honest", he said courtside.
The 29-year-old Australian had never competed in the fourth round of a Grand Slam prior to this year's event but took his opportunity with both hands as he took out the 20-time major victor 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3).
Keys lost to Sloane Stephens in last year's final, and also lost to Stephens again this year in the French Open semifinals.
The 19-year-old Vondrousova, who said she dealt with cramping, certainly helped decide the outcome: Of Tsurenko's 107 points, only 17 came via winners; 73 were her opponent's unforced errors.