World No. 43 John Millman was devastated after suffering a heartbreaking third round loss to third-seeded Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Millman, who was bidding to make the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park for the first time in his career, fell just short of stunning Federer as the Swiss won 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8).
The Australian had it all it all in his hands in the tie-break of the fifth set but he failed to take the advantage of it as Federer won six points in a row to recover from an 8-4 deficit and progress into the last-16. “But it still hurts, to be honest with you.
Probably rather lose (the match tiebreak) like 10-5 or something. Obviously would have been great to have served an ace and have a few (match points) and put it to bed,” Millman said, per the AAP and Tennis Australia.
“It didn’t happen. I played some all right tennis to get there, to that stage. I could have gone away easily in that fourth set. Roger was playing pretty well. Had the momentum. I thought I turned it around pretty well.
“(But) that’s what the best players I guess do. We had, what, 10-, 15-ball exchanges… I’ll have to go back and watch it. But, yeah, I mean, if you engaged in 10-, 20-ball exchanges, you ticked a few boxes.
“It’s not as if (the points I dropped were) double faults or first-ball errors. I went after it. At 8-All, I had a chance, he played a pretty good volley, I’m running full tilt. Missed one line. Again, that would have been a pretty good pass.
“Then I played a great point I think at 8-9 and he picks the right way. What do you do?” “I know I’ll cop it about that. But … I don’t think there was a whole lot wrong. My friends and family and my support team, they’ll have my back on that one”.