#Roger #Federer’s Loss at the #USOpen Was a Sharp Reminder of the Tyranny of Time


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#NEWYORK  — Because there’s no clock in #Tennis, we often forget about the tyranny of time. Last night at the #USOpen, we got a sharp reminder. In stifling humidity—the U.S. Open turned U.S. Oven—#Roger #Federer, at age 37, melted away, falling to an athletic #Australian, John #Millman, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6, in the fourth round.

This marked Federer’s earliest U.S. Open defeat in a half-decade. It thwarted his bid to win this event for a record sixth time. It precluded the much-anticipated (if not outright assumed) dream quarterfinal against #Novak #Djokovic. It foreclosed the possibility of the first Federer-Nadal match at the U.S. Open.

Even a player of Federer’s unrivaled greatness loses at majors more often than he leaves with the trophy. So let’s go easy on the career memorials and existential questions.

Still, this was a different kind loss. Federer did something we rarely see him do on a tennis court: sweat. Dripping in the humidity, he looked visibly uncomfortable. He admitted to as much afterward. “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. I don’t know, for some reason I just struggled in the conditions tonight. It’s one of the first times it’s happened to me.”

Read more at: https://www.si.com/tennis/2018/09/04/roger-federer-john-millman-loss-us-open

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