Just a few minutes ago, Roger Federer completed what would go down as one of the best-ever wins by any tennis player in the modern era, as he defeated John Millman in a five-set thriller in the third round of the ongoing Australian Open.
After losing the first set 4-6, the 38-year-old came back to win two sets 7-6, 6-4 back-to-back before Millman won the fourth set 6-4.
The match then went into the fifth set and at one point, the scoresheet read 6-6 before Federer won the game on super-tiebreak.
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The super-tiebreak was equally competitive, with the former World No.1 initially trailing 4-8 before scoring six points in a row to win the game, set and the match.
It was 12:48 am local time at Melbourne when the match ended, but that did not stop fans from celebrating with joy as Federer extended his stint at the Australian Open 2020 by at least one more game.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2020
Meanwhile, check out some of the best Twitter reactions on the game, from the fans:
— Shiv (@ForwardDefence) January 24, 2020
— Claus T. (@ClaudeClistier) January 24, 2020
— ULTM8SerenaWilliamsf (@ultm8swfans) January 24, 2020
OMG! That is unbelievable what i saw. One of the best match of the #AusOpen2020 . How the way this match finished that is still in my mind. Roger Federer at his best. #Federer shows his real class in really pressure situation against Millman. 4 hours long Great match! #AusOpen
— Rahul Wadhwani (@WadhwaniRahul1) January 24, 2020
#Federer is just something else. The mental strength to come from 8-4 down after nearly 4 hours of playing and then hit 6 in a row to win, is simply incredible. The best find a way.#Millman can hold is head extremely high, they put on a hell of a show. #AusOpen #AusOpen2020
— Bo Jangles Gavigan (@JanglesGavigan) January 24, 2020
— Bank Sekson (@Persec) January 24, 2020
— Rajesh Koothrappali (@parmy_singh) January 24, 2020
— Nicolas Kiefer (@Nicolas_Kiefer) January 24, 2020
I’ll take six straight tiebreak points to yank victory from defeat’s ugly, hungry jaws, though!
— Len Lumbers (@thegoldenyear) January 24, 2020
— I love you Rog! (@fedloyal) January 24, 2020
— Rahul (@winit23) January 24, 2020
— Aaryan (@Aaryan_P5) January 24, 2020
— Prafull goyal (@Prafullgoyal1) January 24, 2020
— Ali Appleseed (@ali_appleseed) January 24, 2020
Unbelievable game one of the best game in @AustralianOpen by Roger Federer. Fantastic Federer he is made for tennis age doesn't matter when you can play tennis like this it doesn't matter you win grand slam or not if you play like this we will forever watch you. #Federer #AusOpen
— Shubham dalmia (@Shubhamdalmia5) January 24, 2020
Just 🐐 things
— 𝕽𝖔𝖘𝖘 (@VuckArsenal) January 24, 2020
Regardless of opponents, only @rogerfederer can turn tennis into an Italian opera. The moments, suspense, drama. Phewww…
— Not Your Blue-Eyed Dude (@iqmalhisham) January 24, 2020
Amazing what a star 🌟 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
— mariegarratt (@mariegarratt) January 24, 2020
GREATEST OF ALL TIME.
— Mr TV Australia (@MrTVAus) January 24, 2020
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“Oh God, it was tough,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner told Jim Courier in an on-court post-match interview.
“Where to start? I think John [Millman] played a great match… He is a great fighter, a good guy and it came down to the wire at the end.”
“Thank God it was a Match Tie-break, otherwise I would have lost this one,” he added further.