Federer outlasts Millman in 5 sets

(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) This was the sort of match, riveting and rollicking, that keeps Roger Federer in tennis - even with all of those Grand Slam titles and other accomplishments, even at age 38, even with two sets of twins to raise.

Two points from defeat at the Australian Open, in a packed house after midnight, his mind already drifting to dissecting how he lost. The trophies are the ultimate goal, of course, but winning like this is certainly special, too.

About 1 1/2 years after John Millman outlasted, and ousted, Federer in their only previous Grand Slam meeting, the 47th-ranked Australian gave the 20-time major champion all he could handle again. This time, though, Federer pulled out the victory, pushing back from way down in the final-set tiebreaker, grabbing the last six points and getting to the fourth round at Melbourne Park by edging Millman 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8).

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