Tennis

When Roger Federer entered the ‘Club 100’ for the second time

Within the 15 months between Wimbledon 2019 and Roland Garros 2020, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal achieved one of the most incredible Major records. Two legends became the first players with 100 wins in a single main event. The Swiss did that first at Wimbledon 2019 and repeated the feat at the Australian Open 2020 after that thrilling win over John Millman in the third round.

Thus, Federer is the only player with a “century” in two Majors. Entering his 21st Australian Open, the Swiss had to work hard en route to the historic win, 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. He threw everything at Federer and blew a colossal opportunity in the tiebreak of the match, where he was leading 8-4.

Roger Federer scored the 100th Australian Open victory against John Millman in 2020.

Federer won three more points and scored three breaks, losing serve four times but finding a way to emerge on top.

Millman got off to a good start and grabbed two breaks in the first set for 6-4. The Swiss dropped just five points behind the initial shot in set number two to increase the 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 game ten and moved closer to the finish line. John served well in set number four and stole Roger’s serve at 3-3 to carve out the lead and enter a decider.

The rivals traded breaks in games three and four and remained neck-and-neck after a pair of deuces on Millman’s serve in game 12 for a deciding tie break. The home player opened it 3-0 after some loose shots from the Swiss, who won the next two points to stay close.

Millman took a 5-2 lead with a couple of good serves and Federer responded on the next two points. A beautiful volley winner pushed Millman 6-4 in front before he connected a forehand down the line winner to take a big step toward the finish line.

A crosscourt forehand winner delivered another mini-break for the Aussie, who eventually dropped a point on serve to keep Federer within an 8-6 deficit. Using his vast experience, Roger won another mini-break and won the next point to move 9-8 up and create his first match point.

He converted it with a forehand winner to seal the deal, forge one of his most exciting wins in Melbourne and celebrate his 100th win Down Under.

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