John Millman vows to put reputations aside and relish chance to beat Roger Federer

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John Millman, of Australia, returns a shot to Mikhail Kukushkin, of Kazakhstan, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Millman is hoping to challenge Federer (Picture: AP)

John Millman is relishing the opportunity to beat Roger Federer at the US Open, as he makes his first appearance in the second week of a Grand Slam.

The Australian had never been beyond the last-32 of a major tournament prior to the 50th edition at Flushing Meadows and his reward is a shot at the all-time leading Slam winner.

With Federer due to meet Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, many are already looking beyond their meetings with Millman and Portugals Joao Sousa – another player making his debut at this stage at a Grand Slam.

epa06991262 Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts as he plays Nick Kyrgios of Australia during the sixth day of the US Open Tennis Championships the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 01 September 2018. The US Open runs from 27 August through 09 September. EPA/JUSTIN LANE *** Local Caption *** 53000073
Can Millman beat Federer? (Picture: EPA)

However, 29-year-old Australian Millman is determined to not just enjoy his time on court against the second seed and hopes to pull off a major upset.

The good thing is if I do get drawn on Ashe, I managed to have a hit on it first time with Andy [Murray] before the tournament, so that was actually pretty cool, he said after his 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3 win over Mikhail Kukushkin.

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I didnt necessarily think Id end up potentially playing on Arthur Ashe, but if I do, I think its one of the more iconic courts in the world, so I think thats really cool.

I managed to play on some of the biggest courts now, you know, Wimbledon Centre Court and Australian Open, Rod Laver Arena.

Federer is targeting a quarter-final sport (Picture: AFP/Getty)

I think hes the best thats played the game, in my opinion. Ive got a lot of respect for Roger. Ive got a lot of respect for his team. Have a really good respect for Seve, or I should say Severin Luthi.

I did a little bit of training with them after the French Open. Hit a little bit on the grass. Hes got an aura about him. Definitely a player Ive looked up to throughout my career.

But its like anything. I have never been a fan of playing anyones reputation. When you go out on court, I think its about engaging in a battle. I definitely wont be, you know, thinking about those things if I play against him.

I want to start off at 0-All and not already being behind the 8 Ball and playing someones reputation. If you do that, I think you can get bogged down and youre in a bit of trouble.

I will relish the opportunity regardless of my opponent, and really looking forward to making the most of a second week at a Grand Slam.

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