Roger Federer will look to secure his place in the fourth round of the Australian Open with the minimum of fuss when he takes on John Millman in the night session on Rod Laver Arena. Federer does lead the head to head 2-1 but the match that sticks in peoples minds is the US Open shock win by Millman in 2018.
Federer broke seven times in a dominant display against Filip Krajinovic, winning 6-1 6-4 6-1 to move on to the next round in a confident mood. “I am very happy. It is a great start to the season so far,” he said. “I am feeling really relaxed out on the court. I trained hard and you hope it pays off and not that it was all for nothing this week. I am happy, I am still going and I am looking forward to the next one.”
Millman remains a popular player on the tour, especially during his home tournaments. The Australian is yet to make a breakthrough into the top 30 but there is no doubt he is capable of it if he can remain fit for a whole seat. He picked up a nice win over Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets, despite twice going a break down in each of the first two sets in his 6-4 7-5 6-3 win.
Federer will make it 100 wins at the Australian Open if he wins this, making it two slams with a century of wins for him – the only player to achieve this. Federer won’t be taking it for granted and was full of praise for his opponent yesterday. “He is a super good guy, unbelievably tough opponent. There are not many fitter guys than him out there and those are the guys I respect the most, actually. He gets absolutely the most out of the game and I hope it is going to be a great match with some great rallies.”
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets