In 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 in a single Major event. The Swiss did that first at Wimbledon 2019, repeating the feat at last year's Australian Open in that thrilling third-round win over John Millman.
Therefore, Federer stands as the only player with a "hundred" in two different majors. Entering his 21st Australian Open, the Swiss had to dig deep on the road to historic victory, beating the local 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 2018 US Open and gave his 200% in front of home fans at Rod Laver Arena, throwing everything to Federer and missing a colossal opportunity in the tiebreaker of the match where he led 8-4. Federer gained three more points and scored three breaks, lost serve four times but found a way to celebrate a victory.
Millman got off to a good start and took two breaks in the first set for 6-4. The Swiss lost just five points on serve in set number two to increase 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 the 10th game and approached the finish line. John served well in the fourth set and stole Roger's serve at 3-3 to build the lead and introduce a decider.
Wilander speaks about Federer
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander feels "it is possible" for Roger Federer to make a return to the tour after his latest knee surgery. However, the Swede reckons the 40-year-old will struggle to compete with the top players.
"I think it's possible for him to come back," Wilander told Eurosport. "I think if he keeps saying it himself, he obviously has his mind set on coming back. He doesn't get tired. He listens to his body. But it's getting more and more difficult.
I think the bigger problem to me is that these guys are getting really, really good. (Alexander) Zverev and (Daniil) Medvedev are the guys pushing behind, they are playing huge games of tennis," he said. "And of course, Federer has his serve but how big a weapon is a Roger Federer serve compared to let's say a Zverev or Medvedev serve. I think that's going to be the reality check."