After a night of sleep to process his heartbreaking five-set loss to Roger Federer in the third round of the Australian Open, John Millman needed just three words to sum up how he felt.
Federer needed a miracle in the fifth set super tiebreak to topple Millman, who had confounded the Swiss champion at almost every turn at Melbourne Arena.
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On Saturday morning, hours after the 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8) loss, Millman summed up his thoughts on the game about as eloquently as you could expect.
“Well that sucked,” the world no.47 wrote on Twitter.
Well that sucked...— John Millman (@johnhmillman) January 24, 2020
It was an understandable sentiment from the Australian hopeful, who barely put a foot wrong against one of the greats of modern tennis.
The marathon match didn’t end until the early hours of Saturday morning, with a clearly exhausted Millman still wrapped up in the match during the post-game press conference.
Asked about what was said between the two players when they embraced at the net after the game, a brutally honest Millman had to tell the reporter the truth - that he was so tired he simply didn’t know.
“To be honest with you, I'm not trying to stonewall you here, I actually don't remember,” Millman said.
“Yeah. I was pretty gone with it.
“I just don't remember, mate.
“I'm not trying to be a prick.”
Federer claims victory with super tiebreak comeback
In a pulsating encounter the six-time champion had to call on all his fighting qualities, trailing the Australian 4-8 in their deciding super tiebreak, which is first to 10.
Federer managed to reel off six straight points to secure the victory, icing an unprecedented 100th win at the Open with a forehand winner.
Across the whole match Federer won 181 points to Millman's 178.
"It was tough - thank God it is a super tie-breaker otherwise I would have lost this one," Federer said.
"I think John played a great match and he might as well have been a hero in the match.
"It was a great fight and it came down to the wire at the end and a bit of luck, maybe.
"I never really felt comfortable and I thought John did a great job of keeping me on my back foot, that I couldn't always step in until the last shot.
"I went to go for it and he picked the wrong side."