The Australian had eliminated the Swiss star in the knockout stages of the US Open in 2018. Before the third round, this Friday in Melbourne, they did not forget the famous American episode.
Remember. Eighth final of the 2018 US Open, in the heat and dampness of New York, an intrepid Australian grabbed his luck and ejected Roger Federer from the tournament. “I almost passed out that day (he was beaten 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6) because it was so hot in New York,” said the Swiss after his express victory against Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Usually impassive, Federer’s face of extreme pallor, this accursed September 3, harbored a deep weariness. The Australian, a little surprised had summed up: “I feel a little guilty because he was not in his best shape, for sure. I am fully aware that it was a bad day. For me to beat him, he probably had to have a day without and that I had a good day. ” The best Grand Slam tournament of his career went to a halt in the next stage, blocked by Novak Djokovic.
Federer aims for a 100e victory in Melbourne
Federer and Millman, who sometimes share training sessions, will battle it out once again (the Swiss leads 2 wins to 1). Roger Federer runs after a 100e victory in Melbourne (99 wins-14 losses), the Australian would not be against a coup. He will give everything. And even a little more. Like his compatriots who, to the delight of their supporters have shaken the hierarchy since the start of the tournament (at 2e turn, Alex Bolt pushed Dominic Thiem to 5e set, Thompson lost a great tie-break against Fabio Fognini). Since the start of the year, John Millman has pinned Felix Auger-Aliassime (at the ATP Cup) and Karen Khachanov (at Auckland) to his chase board. In Melbourne, the Australian released Ugo Humbert, then the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (seeded No. 31). The form is there. Federer, masterful against Krajinovic is ready and present: “He’s a super good guy, an incredibly tough opponent. There aren’t many like him. These are the guys I respect the most because they get the most out of their game. I hope it’s going to be a great game with great rallies. ” A little duel that will take place at the end of the night session. Before meeting Roger Federer, John Millman said, “It was an incredible experience. Facing Roger Federer is perhaps the most difficult test in tennis. ”