Well that was a little more complicated than expected but in the end another fantastic mental performance from the GOAT. There was clearly some rust at the beginning but Millman was on fire himself with the Aussie crown behind him. Millman already had a match behind him of course so that helped his case. Roger was looking a bit sluggish from the start so I guess it wasn’t a surprise when he got broken while serving to stay in the first set at 4-5. I expected Roger to steady the ship so when he got broken to trail 1-3 in the second set I thought it would probably be a good idea to break right back, which he did. He then went down 0-40 on his serve in the next game at which point I was face palming again. But this is Roger 5.0 the mental giant so he saved all the break points and also broke again in the next game. In fact he won four straight games to effectively turn the match around and won the second set 6-4.
Even though there was a momentum swing going into the third set Millman was not letting up as he continued to play some inspired tennis. With a ranking of #153 it shows you the depth in the men’s game because had it not been for some very clutch play from Roger, Millman could have easily won. Roger was slowly taking control of the match though and he came up with the shot of the match at 2-2 in the third. He broke Millman at 3-3, held serve, and broke again to win the final set 6-3. For a while there after the first set and at the beginning of the second set I was having some doubts. Like I said before it’s a new year and you are never quite sure what to expect. After such a great year in 2014 I didn’t exclude the possibility that Roger could slump again in 2015. But fortunately he just picked up where he left off in 2014 with another mentally impressive performance.
Roger plays another lowish ranked Aussie now called Duckworth who is slightly higher than Millman at #125. I expect it to be smoother sailing after getting through today but of course you can never be sure. Tomorrow is quarter finals day and there will be some good matches. Dimitrov plays Klizan which should be a good one and if Roger wins he will play the winner of those two. The Tomic/Nishikori match should be interesting too because Tomic plays well in Australia and can actually cause an upset. Finally Raonic will battle another Aussie Groth who ousted Hewitt in the first round. In Chennai Stan easily took care of cocky youngster Coric which was nice to see after Abu Dhabi, while Djokovic is still stomping on opponents in Doha when he defeated Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-1. Well it was nice to see the GOAT back and that he still seems to be on a mission. See you tomorrow!
Australian Open Outfit:
What do you think? I like it a lot especially the shoes and jacket!