Millman Says He Couldn't Have Done More As Federer Thrills In Win
A shattered John Millman says he gave it his all as he fell heart-breakingly short of an Australian Open boilover in his match with Roger Federer.
Millman and six-time champion Federer went toe-to-toe on Rod Laver Arena for more than four hours on Friday night with the Swiss maestro finally nailing a 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8).
The Queensland veteran had the world No.3 on the ropes - up 8-4 in the first super tiebreak to be played on the Open's main venue - but Federer reeled off six straight points to secure the victory.
And afterwards Federer revealed he apologised to 30-year-old Millman after coming through their epic encounter.
"I mumbled something to him at the net just saying, 'I have so much respect for you, and it's such a pity, I'm so sorry, but well played' because I really feel that way for John," the third seed said.
Federer remains alive in the Australian Open after seeing off a courageous John Millman in a third round thriller.
Millman was looking to repeat his 2018 US Open upset victory over the Swiss maestro.
ROGER FEDERERAge: 38Ranking: 3Plays: right-handedCareer prize money: $US129,231,891Career titles: 103Grand slam titles: 20 (Australian Open 2004, 2006-07, 2010, 2017-18; French Open 2009; Wimbledon 2003-07, 2009, 2012, 2017; US Open 2004-2008)Australian Open win-loss record: 99-14Best Australian Open results: champion 2004, 2006-07, 2010, 2017-18; runner-up 2009
JOHN MILLMANAge: 30Ranking: 47Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)Career prize money: $US3,532,475Career titles: 0Grand slam titles: 0Australian Open win-loss record: 6-5Best Australian Open result: third round 2016