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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.

Federer, right, is congratulated by Australia's John Millman after winning their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne. Image: AAP

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

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