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Australian Open: Federer Survives Five-set Thriller, Advances To Fourth Round

Six-time champion, Roger Federer, survived a huge scare to beat unseeded Australian John Millman in the five sets to advance to the Australian Open fourth round.

The Swiss world number three defeated the home favourite 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8) in an epic that lasted four hours three minutes.

The 38-year-old Federer trailed 4-8 in the deciding tie-break – but won six points in a row to progress.

Millman had defeated his more illustrious opponent when the pair met in the 2018 US Open fourth round but the Swiss master was determined to ensure he would not lose two consecutive matches to the Australian.

There was high intensity and drama during the match as majority of the spectators at the Rod Laver Arena were for the first time in years not fully behind the 20-time Grand Slam champion, rather rooted for Millman to win the encounter.

“What a match. John deserves way more than half of this. He made it so difficult for me.

“He was doing all that stuff and kept on coming up with the goods. He deserves all the support – he is a great story and a great fighter,” Federer said on court after the game.

He will face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in the fourth round.

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