After consecutive day matches, Roger Federer will be back under the lights for his fourth round match. He plays the Australian John Millman, who is in the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. While it’s expected his run finally ends here, he should be rewarded with a new career high inside the top 45 of the rankings. Novak Djokovic is expected to be waiting for the winner with his match coming earlier in the day.
Millman backed up his second round win over Fabio Fognini with another four setter, this time defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3. This tournament is the highlight of a year for a player who had a number of lengthy injury periods in his developing years in the earlier parts of this decade. “It’s been a great year for me this year, but I’m the type of player that likes to, you know, have a few runs on the board before coming into a big tournament like this. Every match I feel like I’ve gotten a little bit better. I feel like my game’s now at a place where I’m walking on the court and feeling quite comfortable and confident.” Millman said of his form.
After holding firm against early Nick Kyrgios pressure, it was a surprisingly routine win for Federer in his third round match against another Australian. He did not give up serve once against Kyrgios in 6-4 6-1 7-5 win, not facing another break point after saving all 4 at 3-3 in the opening set. From then on, his level rose and he ensured the 30th seed would not get an opportunity to make a comeback. “I know the importance of it [the hold for 4-3], as well. I have been around the block for long enough. I just struggled early on, you know. I struggled with the backhand, hit too many errors there.” he said on the early moments of the match.
Millman won the first set in his last meeting with Federer before falling in three sets back at Brisbane in 2015. While in the form of his life, it seems like his time is up with the 2nd seed ready to kick it up a notch in anticipation of a quarter final with Novak Djokovic.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets