No. 3 seed Roger Federer insists he won't take home favorite John Millman for granted when they meet in the Australian Open third round. Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, saw off Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-1 6-4 6-1 to safely progress into round three at Melbourne Park.
Meanwhile, Australian Millman handed a straight-set defeat to rising Polish star Hubert Hurkacz to book a Federer clash. The head-to-head record stands on Federer's side -- who leads 2-1 -- having beaten the Australian in Brisbane five years ago and Halle last year.
In their lone Grand Slam meeting, Millman stunned Federer at the US Open in 2018. "He’s a great guy, I’ve practiced a lot with him,” Federer said of Millman. “I almost passed out when I played him in New York, it was so hot, but he had no problem, he’s from Queensland.
He was like ‘normal stuff.’ He never came to check if I passed out, actually … “I’ve played him two other times, once in Brisbane (2015), I almost lost that one too, and also in Halle (2019).
He’s a super good guy, unbelievably tough opponent. There aren’t many as fit as him out there. “They’re the guys I respect the most out there, because they get the most out of their game. I hope it’s going to be a great match with some great rallies."