In 15 months between Wimbledon 2019 and Roland Garros 2020, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal achieved one of the most incredible records of the Major. Two Legends became the first players with 100 wins in a single main event. The Swiss did it first at Wimbledon 2019 and repeated the feat at the 2020 Australian Open after their thrilling victory over John Millman in the third round.
Thus, Federer is the only player with a “century” in two Majors. Entering his 21st Australian Open, the Swiss had to dig deep on his way to historic victory, beating the home star 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 after four hours and three minutes of epic battle!
John defeated Roger at US Open 2018 and gave his 200% in front of home fans at Rod Laver Arena. He threw it all on Federer and missed a colossal chance in the tie break of the match, where he led 8-4.
Roger Federer claimed his 100th Australian Open victory against John Millman in 2020.
Federer gained three more points and scored three breaks, missing four serves but finding a way to emerge on top.
Millman made a strong start and grabbed two breaks in the opening to 6-4. The Swiss lost just five points behind the kick-off in the second set to increase the pressure on the other side and took the tie break 7-2 to tie the overall score.
Continuing in the same vein, Federer won the third set with a break in game ten and approached the finish line. John served well in set number four and stole the serve from Roger 3-3 to forge the advantage and introduce a playoff.
The rivals traded breaks in games three and four and went neck-to-neck after some two on Millman’s serve in game 12 for a decisive tie break. The home player opened up a 3-0 lead after some loose shots from the Swiss, who won the next two points to maintain contact.
Millman opened 5-2 up front with some good serves, and Federer responded in the next two points. A beautiful volley winner pushed Millman 6-4 up front before landing a forehand on the line winner to take a big step towards the finish line.
A crosscourt forehand winner gave another mini-break to the Australian, who ultimately dropped a point on serve to keep Federer within an 8-6 deficit. Using his vast experience, Roger won another mini-break and gained the next point to go up 9-8 and create his first match point.
He converted with a winning forehand to seal the deal, forge one of his most thrilling wins in Melbourne and celebrate his 100th Down Under.