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Sport Australian Open 2020: Roger Federer reveals post-match apology to John Millman after third-round thriller

22:05  24 january  2020
22:05  24 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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a man holding a racket on a court © Getty Images Roger Federer has revealed he apologised to Australian John Millman at the net after his 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8) victory on Rod Laver Arena. 

Millman looked set to repeat his 2018 US Open triumph over the third seed when he took an 8-4 lead in the fifth set super tiebreaker.

But the 20-time grand slam champion won six straight points to secure his 100th win at Melbourne Park and book a fourth-round showdown against Marton Fucsovics.

Federer and the world No.47 embraced at the net after producing the match of the tournament so far.

A shell-shocked Millman was unable to recall his conversation with the Swiss legend after the epic clash.

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“To be honest with you, I'm not trying to stonewall you here, I actually don't remember,” Millman said at his post-match press conference.

“Yeah. I was pretty gone with it. I just don't remember, mate. I'm not trying to be a prick. Yeah.”

A relieved Federer was able to shed more light on the pair’s post-match interaction.

“He's got great attitude and that's why 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, and all that stuff, because I really feel that way for John,” Federer recalled.

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Federer added when asked why the Australian is such a tough opponent for him: “I just think he's just so, so tough from the baseline. He's got sort of good speed on the backhand, on the forehand. The way he hits it makes it, for me, unsure if I should pull the trigger or I shouldn't. Is it there to be hit or not?

“Every time I get a ball, I'm in two (minds) because I have the option to do that with my game, but then he covers the court very well (and) he hits it hard enough, maybe it's harder for me to find angle … he’s a great player.”

Meanwhile, Millman insisted the moment didn’t get to him after squandering his 8-4 lead in the super tiebreaker.

“It's not as if it was double faults or first-ball errors, I went after it,” he said.

“… But it still hurts, to be honest with you, yeah, I’d probably rather lose it like 10-5 or something.

“Obviously would have been great to have served an ace and put it to bed but it didn't happen.

“You know, shit, I played some all right tennis to get there, to that stage.

“I could have gone away easily in that fourth set. Roger was playing pretty well. Had the momentum. I thought I turned it around pretty well. Yeah, left everything out there.”

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