Former World No. 1 Mats Wilander says Roger Federer's come from behind win over John Millman in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday will give him a major boost for the rest of the tournament and proved that he is a great fighter.
Federer came from 4-8 down in the final set tie-break to win 10-8 over Millman and advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open. Speaking on the Eurosport show, Game, Schett & Mats, Wilander commented, “This is what is so cool about Roger Federer.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the first round or the second round or the finals of Wimbledon, he’s nearly in tears after this match tonight and he’s won. He wasn’t in tears after the Wimbledon final when he lost after having two match points.
He’s a great player and with age, he has become this great fighter. It was always about Roger winning, now it’s about him fighting, we just want to see him out there fighting, staying in matches, sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t, he’s just a superstar in that sense.
I think you get a lot of confidence from winning a match like that. I really don’t know if fatigue matters to much for a guy like Roger Federer at this stage of the tournament. This is a match that will go down in his mind, when he retires he’s going to remember this match even though it was just a third round”.
Federer is through to the last 16 in Melbourne and will meet Hungary's Márton Fucsovics on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals.