Swiss Tennis icon Roger Federer’s defeat at the US Open versus Australian John Millman at Arthur Ashe stadium has shocked the Tennis world, regarding the match as one of the ‘biggest upsets’ in US Open history.
John Millman won four sets against Federer
Roger Federer has a history of 41 matches in US Open history with five titles to his name but was never defeated by a player ranked above World 50 in US Open until the match versus Millman. The 29-year old Aussie lost the first set but went on to defeat Federer in a 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) win. In fact, it was uncommon to witness Federer getting vocal during pressure situations and when he complained about crowd noise.
“Disbelief” after winning the match
Millman couldn’t believe he actually did it! In an interview after the match. He admitted he’s “in a little bit of disbelief” and credited Federer as his “hero.” He said “I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine.” Whereas, Federer confessed he “struggled” and “couldn’t get air”. He said “I just struggled in the conditions and it was one of the first times it has happened to me. You just keep sweating and lose energy. At some point I was just happy the match was over.”
Novak Djokovic to play Millman next
Next up, the Aussie Tennis player will play World No. 6th Novak Djokovic in the Quarter Finals. The Serbian Tennis star made it into the semi-finals in every edition since his US Open debut in 2006. In the Round of 16 match versus World No. 68 Joao Sousa, without losing any set, he won 6-3 6-4 6-3.
Meanwhile, a high-roller bet $35,000 on Federer to win
Not only was the match an upset for Federer, but for a punter who placed a whopping $35,000(Dhs 128,556). Before the match, Australian betting website tab.com.au tweeted one bet of $35,000 at $1.02 was placed on Federer defeating John Millman. Oops, gotta’ feel for the big loss!