John Millman: 'Rafael Nadal is a machine, he has unimaginable force'

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John Millman: 'Rafael Nadal is a machine, he has unimaginable force'

John Millman would love to face Rafael Nadal in front of his home crowd at the Brisbane International in January 2019. The Australian player looks forward to compete at home trying to get another upset after the one over Roger Federer at this year's US Open.

'It’s a feeling of achievement for me to play my home tournament off my own bat', Millman said. 'It would be brilliant to play Rafa at one of my favourite courts. I have a tradition of being drawn to play a star at the Brisbane International in the second round – I hope I’d play him a little later and go on a run in my home tournament.

I’ve played a fair few of the big guys now, but if I could liken playing Rafa, as I did at Wimbledon, to anything it was like a boxing match, just relentless abuse. It was a constant physical battle, every ball, every point, with this unimaginable force.

He’s a machine.' Speaking about his goals, Millman added: 'I have some ranking points to defend toward the end of the year, but after I ticked off the top 50 box the next step is getting a seed at a Grand Slam.

That is top 32, so I’m getting close now.' Millman also said he was surprised with the support he got by his Australian fans: 'It’s been a little overwhelming purely because I didn’t necessarily expect such a big reaction.

I’ve never really done the sport for plaudits because I love playing and competing. I’m just hoping I can build off this and create a few more moments in the remaining years of my career.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'