2020 in Review: Roger Federer performs miracle comeback for massive milestone



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2020 in Review: Roger Federer performs miracle comeback for massive milestone

Roger Federer reached the Australian Open fourth round after a magnificent 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6 7-6 triumph over John Millman in four hours and three minutes! The home player gave his best to push the multiple champion to the limits, creating an 8-4 lead in the deciding tie break before losing the next six points to propel Roger over the finish line.

Federer secured the 100th Australian Open victory after hitting around 60 winners and 80 unforced errors, attacking his opponent from every weapon and finding a way over the top in the end. Millman saved seven out of ten break chances, earning four breaks but failing to make that one last push and bring the victory home.

The Aussie drew first blood in the fourth game, landing a backhand winner to secure a break and forging a 5-2 advantage. Staying competitive, Federer pulled the break back in the last moment with a beautiful backhand down the line winner in game nine, prolonging the set but netting a forehand in the next one that cost him a break and love and a set after 32 minutes.

Roger dropped only five points behind the initial shot in set number two, challenging John to repeat that while serving at 52%! The Aussie passed the obstacles and saved a break point at 5-5 with a service winner to reach a tie break, the one that the Swiss claimed 7-2 following a perfect volley at the net.

Carried by this momentum, Federer served well in the third set too, and created a break chance at 4-3. John repelled it with a brave forehand winner but failed to repeat that in game ten, placing a backhand long to hand the set to Roger.

Millman had no room for errors in set number four, serving at only 47% but sailing through his games and keeping Federer away from break chances.

Roger Federer prevailed over John Millman in a thrilling Australian Open encounter.

The Aussie grabbed a break at 3-3 after forcing an error from the Swiss, taking four straight points to confirm the break and holding at love in game ten to secure the set and bring a decider after two hours and 54 minutes.

Losing ground in those moments, Federer sprayed a forehand error in game three to find himself behind before pulling it back in the next one to level the score at 2-2. From 40-15 down, Roger fended off two break points in game seven, bringing it home with a backhand winner and surviving a massive scare.

Serving at 5-6, Millman closed the game after two deuces, hitting a service winner to introduce a deciding match tie break. The Aussie opened a 3-0 lead after some loose shots from the Swiss, who won the next two points to remain in touch.

John grabbed two points on serve to gain a 5-2 advantage, with Roger taking the next two points behind the initial shot to reduce the deficit. A beautiful volley winner pushed Millman 6-4 in front, landing a forehand down the line winner to take a big step towards the finish line.

A forehand crosscourt winner delivered another mini-break for the Aussie, who finally lost a point on serve to keep Federer within a 6-8 deficit. Federer earned another mini-break and won the next point on serve to move 9-8 up, creating the first match point.

He converted it with a forehand winner to prevail, rattling off six straight points to avoid an early exit and reach the last 16.