Novak Djokovic succeeds where Roger Federer failed to make US Open semis

Novak Djokovic celebrates

Novak Djokovic succeeded where Roger Federer failed by beating John Millman to advance at the US Open.

The reigning Wimbledon champion battled to a 6-3 6-4 6-4 success on Arthur Ashe, but the match was far from straight-forward for the Serb.

In fact, Djokovic needed to fight for an hour apiece to win each of his sets against the never-say-die Australian, as hot conditions once again played a part.

“I was very tested. Almost three hours, it’s midnight now. Credit to John for putting up a great battle, he’s truly a great fighter. He’s had an amazing tournament.

“First quarter-finals, he won against Roger. To come out after that kind of win and fight for three hours, he deserves a round of applause definitely.

“I was struggling, he was struggling, we were all sweating, changing clothes. Just trying to hang in there, find a way to win a match. It happened a couple of times that you survive on the court then thrive with a win.”

Djokovic will now face Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals.

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