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.
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.
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.
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.