When Roger Federer entered the exclusive “Club 100” for the second time
In 15 months (Wimbledon 2019 – Roland Garros 2020), Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have achieved one of the most incredible major records, becoming the first players with 100 wins in a single major event. The Swiss did it for the first time at Wimbledon 2019, repeating last year’s Australian Open feat in this thrilling victory over John Millman in the third round.
Thus, Federer is the only player with a “century” in two different Majors. Entering his 21st Australian Open, the Swiss had to dig deep en route to the stage victory, edging the home star 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 after four hours and three minutes of an epic battle!
John beat Roger at the 2018 US Open and gave his 200% in front of home fans at Rod Laver Arena, throwing everything at Federer and missing a colossal chance in the tie-break where he was leading 8-4.
Roger Federer claimed the 100th Australian Open victory over John Millman.
Federer gained three more points and scored three breaks, losing the serve four times but finding a way to celebrate a win.
Millman got off to a good start and made two breaks in Game 1 for 6-4. The Swiss were only five points behind the initial shot in the second set to increase the pressure on the other side and took the tie-break 7-2 to tie the overall score.
Continuing in the same style, Federer won the third set with a break in the tenth game and moved closer to the finish line. John served well in set four and stole Roger’s serve at 3-3 to forge the advantage and introduce a decider.
The rivals traded breaks in Games Three and Four and went neck and neck after a few ties on Millman’s serve in Game 12 for a decisive tie-break. The home player opened up a 3-0 lead after some loose shots from the Swiss, who won the next two points to keep in touch.
Millman took a 5-2 lead with some good serves, and Federer responded with the next two points. A handsome volley winner pushed Millman 6-4 ahead before landing a forehand along the winning line to take a big step towards the finish line.
A cross forehand winner provided another mini-break for the Australian, who ultimately lost a point on serve to keep Federer in a 6-8 deficit. Thanks to his vast experience, Roger got another mini-break and won the next point to go from 9 to 8 and create the first match point.
He converted it with a winning forehand to seal the deal and forge one of his most exciting victories in Melbourne and celebrate the 100th Down Under.