Federer: I struggled to breathe in shock US Open loss

first_imgIt was Federer’s first loss against a player outside the top 50 in 41 meetings at the US Open.He finished with 77 unforced errors and 10 double faults but had a host of chances to take wrap up matters in straight sets, squandering set points in the second and third sets.He had also been a break to the good at 4-2 in the fourth but the errors just kept piling up.Monday’s result meant there would be no quarterfinal showdown with old rival Novak Djokovic who will now face Millman instead on Wednesday.“I knew I was in for a tough one. Maybe when you feel like that, as well, you start missing chances, and I had those,” said the Swiss.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Real Madrid in draw for 7-team Club World Cup “I just thought it was very hot tonight. Was just one of those nights where I guess I felt I couldn’t get air. There was no circulation at all,” said 20-time major winner Federer who was bidding to clinch the US Open for the first time in a decade.“I just struggled in the conditions. It’s one of the first times it’s happened to me.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It’s uncomfortable. Clearly just kept on sweating more and more and more and more as the match goes on. You lose energy as it goes by.“But John was able to deal with it better. He maybe comes from one of the most humid places on earth, Brisbane!” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Switzerland’s Roger Federer reaches for a towel after losing a point to Australia’s John Millman during their 2018 US Open Men’s Singles tennis match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZRoger Federer revealed he struggled to breathe during his shock 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to world number 55 John Millman at the U.S. Open on Monday.The 37-year-old five-time champion labored to his earliest loss at the tournament in five years with his challenge sinking in the crushing humidity on Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That was disappointing. I was just happy that the match was over.”Federer believes the decision to build a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium contributed to his problems.The roof was open Monday, but the space above the cavernous arena has been reduced by the wings which help support the structure.“I do believe since the roof is on that there is no air circulation in the stadium. I think just that makes it a totally different US Open,” said the world number two.“Plus conditions maybe were playing slower this year on top of it. You have soaking wet pants, soaking wet everything.“It was just tough. I thought John played a great match in difficult conditions.”Federer said he did not regret his decision to invite Millman to come and train with him after the Australian had suffered a first round loss at Roland Garros.The pair spent a few days on court before the Wimbledon warm-up event at Stuttgart.“I didn’t know he had a girlfriend in Stuttgart. Just Severin (Luthi — his coach) asked him. He was like, Yeah, absolutely, I’m ready to come. We had a great few days, a good time together.”Federer said he admired Millman’s fighting spirit, forged from suffering a series of injuries in his career. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES He has undergone two surgeries on his shoulder and one on his groin.As a result of his injury toils, his ranking slumped to 1,101 in August 2014 but recovered to 71 just 12 months later.After a groin operation, Millman was slipping again with his ranking at 235 in August last year.“I love his intensity,” said Federer.“He reminds me of David Ferrer and those other guys that I admire a lot when I see them, when I see how they train, the passion they have for the game.“He’s got a positive demeanor about himself on and off the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img

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