Roger Federer wrote history at the Australian Open on Friday night, becoming the first player with 100 triumphs at the first Major of the season. Already achieving that incredible feat at Wimbledon last year, Federer is the only player with a "century" at two different Majors, with no one to join him on the list at the moment after 98 wins for Jimmy Connors at the US Open and 93 for Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
Roger is playing at the Australian Open for the record-breaking 21st time, reaching at least the third round every time he visited Melbourne and winning six titles down under, the most recent ones in 2017 and 2018. The Swiss had to work hard to grab that 100th victory at Melbourne Park, ousting John Millman 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. Millman claimed four breaks and suffered only three on the other hand, making a great start and bouncing back after losing sets two and three to force a decider where he chased Roger all the time.
The Swiss made too many errors, struggling to break the rival's resistance and using all of his experience to cross the finish line first after that tight match tie break. Federer will now face Marton Fucsovics in the fourth round, having a day off on Saturday and trying to recover energy and boost that he spent to leave Millman behind on this historic night in Melbourne.