Millman makes grand slam history with incredible Federer feat

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

John Millman has stunned Roger Federer with a feat only one other Australian has ever achieved.

Millman and Federer did battle in the US Open fourth round on Tuesday (AEST), with a shot at Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on the line.

ALL CLASS: Federer’s ultimate show of respect for John Millman

CONTROVERSY: US Open officials under fire for ‘preferential’ Sharapova treatment

The Swiss Maestro stamped his authority early, taking the first set 6-3.

It looked like Millman was in for a short night until he shocked the World No.2 by taking the second set 7-5, the first set Federer has dropped all tournament.

John Millman reacts after winning the second set against Roger Federer. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP)

Federer served for the set at 5-4, but the Aussie veteran managed to break back, before breaking again at 6-5 to take the set.

The impressive achievement made Millman just the fifth Australian in history to win a set against Federer at grand slam level, joining Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, Wayne Arthurs and Sam Groth.

But Millman wasn’t done there, sending the tennis world into meltdown by winning the third set in a tiebreak.

It’s just the second time in grand slam history that an Australian player has won two sets against Federer.

The only other time it occurred was in 1999 when Rafter beat an 18-year-old Federer at the French Open.

The tennis world went absolutely nuts over the unexpected turn of events.

Millman was quietly confidence heading into the match, not just from breaking into the world’s top 50 after a career-best season, but also a near miss against the great Swiss in Brisbane three years ago.

The Queenslander had Federer on the ropes before letting slip the chance to claim the biggest scalp of his career in front of friends and family.

A huge underdog, Millman is nevertheless intent on not letting his latest opportunity slip by without an almighty fight.

with AAP