Roger Federer went through a difficult battle against John Millman in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open. Fighting five sets, the Swiss was caught in the deciding set.
Compete at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, Federer dueled for four hours with Millman who is the representative of Australia. The third seed of the tournament began by losing 4-6, then took the next two sets, 7-6 and 6-4.
Millman then won the fourth set and gained momentum to push Federer. Federer trailed 0-3 and 4-8 in the fifth tie break set, then locked the match with a score of 7-6 (10-8).
Federer also ended the bad record always lost in the last three matches that lasted until the fifth set. He previously lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the 2019 United States Open quarterfinals, Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final, and Kevin Anderson in the 2018 Wimbledon quarterfinals.
‘My God, this is a tough match. Thank God it was a tie-break match, otherwise, I would have lost. I think John performed a good game,’ Federer said on the ATP Tour website.
‘He is a great fighter, a good person, and this fight runs until the last moment. A little luck might lead to one side. I must continue to focus, make the right decision.’
‘He did all the action at the beginning of the tie-break match, performed with good things and I thought ‘OK, I’ve tried’. I didn’t play too bad either and I was prepared to explain the situation at the press conference. What an exciting game,’ Federer said.
Federer will next face Hungary’s non-leading tennis player, Marton Fucsovics, in the fourth round.