Novak Djokovic walks on to court with an air of superiority that seems like a birthright.
Despite the fact that Millman could find himself a target for abuse after stretching Djokovic to nearly three hours in a 6-3 6-4 6-4 defeat, the world number 55 was pleased with his performance.
Instead, it resembled their 2010 second-round match at Flushing Meadows, when Nishikori rallied to win in five sets in 4 hours, 59 minutes, the fifth-longest men's singles match by time in US Open history.
In the second semi-final of the day, Djokovic holds a dominant 14-2 head-to-head record over Kei Nishikori.
It has already been a successful return to Flushing Meadows for Nishikori who missed the U.S. Open previous year with a wrist injury that saw his ranking plunge and put him on the comeback trail that included playing Challenger-level tournaments. No wonder that Djokovic is [1.23] to reach his eighth US Open final.
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Tsurenko labored in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical timeout in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second. On two occasions, Millman raced back from the net to deep behind the baseline to make retrievals that shocked Djokovic, who blew the point both times. "They weren't easy conditions but it's the same for both players".
He had two game points for a 5-2 lead but a double fault and a backhand wide opened the door for Cilic, who stormed through, shouting "Got it!" when he secured the break to narrow the gap to 4-3.
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Djokovic, for whom this was an 11th consecutive quarter-final victory, said: "I personally have never sweated as much as I have here". The unseeded Australian knocked out 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the fourth round to reach his first major quarterfinal. He was able to come through on only four of his 20 break points.
"Whatever the humidity is on outer courts or in the city", Isner said, "I think it's amplified on centre court". But when Djokovic attempted to move ahead a second break, Millman rebelled and took something out of the Serbian in a glorious 22-point, nine-deuce game.
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"I was struggling, he was struggling, we were all sweating, changing clothes".
In the third set, Djokovic again claimed the break.
But Millman also asked Djokovic for his blessing before leaving the court while apologizing, and the No. 6 seed comically replied: "I'm fine to have a little rest".
"I can only talk about myself", Djokovic said. "He's a fighter. He fights for every point and is never going to hand you the win".