Millman bracing for 'ruthless' Federer onslaught

Ross Houston
January 24, 2020

"I think I can do lot of things better". Riding a wave of local support, the 47th-ranked Millman has seen off Ugo Humbert and 31st seed Hubert Hurkacz en route to his first third-round appearance at the Australian Open since 2016. "He gets absolutely the most out of the game and I hope it is going to be a great match with some great rallies".

Reflecting on that evening in New York, Federer, the No. 3 seed in Melbourne, said he felt very bad and close to passing out.

"I tried everything in the match itself, as well".

"He's from this country, so naturally also it's going to be different intensity".

"I think it was only fitting that my last match would be a three-setter, a grinder and that I would finish my career with a forehand error", Wozniacki said after the match.


It was the flawless storm for the ideal upset but people forget Federer has the most recent tour win over Millman - on the grass courts of Halle previous year - so if anyone has a "head-to-head" edge, it's the Swiss star. "That was one of those really special nights at Arthur Ashe, packed crowd there".

"I feel today's wind is very strong so it's hard to say who is performing well, especially when we play outside", she said. It's probably the toughest test in tennis to versus Roger Federer.

"I think the other thing for Johnny though is that Federer's going to be very much aware of John too". But the Australian will give it his all.

"I'm gonna have to get the roof closed and turn the heaters on, I reckon", Millman said on SEN.

"[But] I'll go out there and leave it all out there". "The whole match I knew I needed to be more aggressive". "The rain helped me, so you've got to take them when they fall that way but I do feel a bit sorry to be honest". "Home Slam against someone like Roger, it's pretty cool". You don't play sport to not want these moments.


Millman has already suggested moving the game out of the Rod Laver Arena because the main location in Melbourne Park hosts a large number of company fans - a request that is likely to fall on deaf ears - but Federer is more than pleased to play in a harsh atmosphere. "I still store away that match point when I won that one and it's something I'll hopefully take with me long after tennis". The people get the ground passes and the people go to those courts.

"I don't choose which court I play on".

Millman, who admitted organisers would nearly certainly not take his request seriously, said he felt courts other than Rod Laver had better crowd support for him. "I don't know if he was joking or if he was serious. So that's a trick that she's done before, and I knew it was coming".

"Possibly, he knows Margaret Court Arena better, Melbourne Arena". "You would think a match like this should be played at Rod Laver Arena maybe". But I haven't thought of it.

"What you can expect from me, my coaching team, friends, family, what they can all expect from me is that I'll go out there and give it a crack".


Victory in Melbourne would make Nadal the first man in the Open era - and only the third in history - to win all four Major titles twice, after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.

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