Federer Completes Historic Win In Fifth-Set Tie-break

Friday 24th January 2020 - 18:40

Federer Completes Historic Win In Fifth-Set Tie-break


Roger Federer lived dangerously at the Australian Open, completing a fifth-set victory that will live long in the memory at 12:48 a.m. local time on Saturday morning. It was his 100th match win at Melbourne Park.

Drawing upon his vast experience, six-time former champion Federer recovered an early break in the fifth set to eventually beat Australia’s John Millman 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(10-8) over four hours and three minutes for a place in the fourth round against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

Federer recovered from 0/3 and 4/8 deficits in the eighth fifth-set tie-break of the championship for an historic victory that broke his three-match losing streak in fifth sets. He’d previously lost fifth-set matches to Grigor Dimitrov in the 2019 US Open quarter-finals, Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final and Kevin Anderson in the 2018 Wimbledon quarter-finals. His most recent fifth-set win came on the occasion of his 20th Grand Slam crown at the 2018 Australian Open