Throwback: Roger Federer earns Australian Open win No. 100!
On January 24, 2020, Roger Federer wrote history as the first player with 100 victories at two different Major tournaments. After Wimbledon, Federer completed an astonishing task at the Australian Open, after a thriller.
The six-time Australian Open winner had to give his best against the home star John Millman, prevailing 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 after four hours and three minutes. Roger overcame an 8-4 deficit in the deciding match tie break to avoid an early setback and celebrate that milestone Melbourne win.
Millman knew how to play against Federer at Majors, already beating the Swiss at the US Open and standing two points from repeating that in front of the home fans, only to fall short in the end. Despite four breaks he suffered, Federer won three points more than Millman and hit around 60 winners with 80 unforced errors, staying aggressive at any cost. Nothing separated two rivals in the shortest rallies, with Millman forging the advantage in the mid-range and Federer in the most extended points to remain neck and neck from start to finish.
John served for the opener at 5-3 before Roger broke back, only to lose serve at love in game ten and hand the opener to the Aussie. With no room for errors, Federer claimed the second set in the tie break 7-2, leveling the overall score and scoring a late break in the third set's tenth game to forge two sets to one advantage. Refusing to surrender, John grabbed a break at 3-3 in set number four to force a decider, wasting a massive opportunity in the fifth set's match tie break to leave the court empty-handed and propel Roger through.