Roger Federer avenged his fourth-round defeat at the 2018 US Open to John Millman in their third-round match at the Australian Open on Friday. The Swiss Maestro beat his rival in a thrilling match, winning six points on the trot in the match tie-break in the fifth set.
Novak Djokovic also reached the fourth round. Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Fabio Fognini, Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova won their matches and they also reached the second week. Today was also the day of fallen stars: Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Stefanos Tsitsipas were eliminated from the tournament.
Osaka, defending champion, was defeated by 15-year-old American star Cori Gauff, 6-3, 6-4. But today was also a special day: Caroline Wozniacki retired after her defeat against Ons Jabeur. Caroline closed an amazing career, winning a Slam title (just at the Australian Open, in 2018 against Simona Halep), the 2017 WTA Finals and a total of 30 titles in 55 finals played.
Caroline, in tears, received the crowd's standing ovation. Something funny happened in the match between Federer and Millman; the Australian needed to clear his court-side chair after a bird pooed on his seat, in the fourth set!
Something similar happened in the second set when a bird pooed near Millman! Day five at Melbourne Park also had an attendance of 85,470. This is a new record surpassing 2019's record of 75,198. The third-round matches will be completed on Saturday; Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep will come back to the court.