When Roger Federer entered the exclusive 'Club 100' for second time



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When Roger Federer entered the exclusive 'Club 100' for second time

Within 15 months (Wimbledon 2019 - Roland Garros 2020), Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal achieved one of the most incredible Major records, becoming the first players with 100 wins at a single Major event. The Swiss did that first at Wimbledon 2019, repeating the feat at the last year's Australian Open in that thrilling victory over John Millman in the third round.

Thus, Federer stands as the only player with a "century" at two different Majors. Entering his 21st Australian Open, the Swiss had to dig deep en route to the milestone victory, edging the home star 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 after four hours and three minutes of an epic battle!

John defeated Roger at the US Open 2018 and gave his 200% in front of the home fans at Rod Laver Arena, throwing everything at Federer and missing a colossal chance in the match tie break where he led 8-4.

Roger Federer earned the 100th Australian Open victory against John Millman.

Federer won three points more and scored three breaks, losing serve four times but finding a way to celebrate a win.

Millman made a strong start and grabbed two breaks in the opener for 6-4. The Swiss lost only five points behind the initial shot in set number two to mount the pressure on the other side and took the tie break 7-2 to level the overall score.

Continuing in the same style, Federer won the third set with a break in game ten and moved closer to the finish line. John served well in set number four and stole Roger's serve at 3-3 to forge the advantage and introduce a decider.

The rivals traded breaks in games three and four and stayed neck and neck following a couple of deuces on Millman's serve in game 12 for a deciding match tie break. The home player opened a 3-0 lead after some loose shots from the Swiss, who won the next two points to remain in touch.

Millman moved 5-2 in front with a couple of good serves, and Federer responded in the following two points. A beautiful volley winner pushed Millman 6-4 in front before 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. Using his vast experience, Roger earned another mini-break and won the next point to move 9-8 up and create the first match point.

He converted it with a forehand winner to seal the deal and forge one of his most thrilling Melbourne victories and celebrate the 100th one Down Under.