Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova crashed out of the US Open on Monday in back-to-back seismic shocks under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights.
Federer, the five-time champion and looking to end his 10-year wait to add to his total in New York, was downed by Australia’s world number 55 John Millman 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3).
It was 20-time major winner Federer’s first loss against a player outside the top 50 in 41 meetings at the US Open.
The Swiss great finished with 77 unforced errors and 10 double faults in his earliest defeat at the tournament since a fourth round loss to Tommy Robredo in 2013.
The result meant there would be no quarterfinal showdown with old rival Novak Djokovic – a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 winner over unseeded Joao Sousa – who will now face Millmann instead.
“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine,” said Millman.
“Today he was definitely not at his best. But I’ll take it.”
Sharapova, the 2006 champion, suffered a second successive last-16 exit in New York, blasted off court by Carla Suarez Navarro.
The Spanish player marked her 30th birthday in style with a memorable 6-4, 6-3 win over the five-time major champion whose last Slam title was in Paris in 2014.
Marin Cilic, seeded seven, beat David Goffin of Belgium 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-4 and next takes on Kei Nishikori in a repeat of the 2014 final after the Japanese star saw off German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.