Brisbane International: John Millman ready for Roger Federer
BOOKMAKERS rate home-town battler John Millman a $10 shot to upset 17-time Grand Slam champion and world No.2 Roger Federer when the Swiss great makes his first appearance in the Brisbane International tonight.
Despite the odds, Millman (pictured) said he wasn't fazed at the prospect of trading centre-court blows with Federer, who since arriving this week has been stalked by fans wanting a glimpse or a photo of him.
While Millman could have counted on one hand the number of spectators watching him practice, security had trouble containing the crowd packed around the outside court where Federer hit up.
"I had four people watch me this morning," Millman said. "Federer is going to draw those crowds everywhere. But I'll have a lot of support - I'm sure the Brisbane people will get behind me."
The Queenslander, on the comeback trail after career-saving shoulder surgery in the middle of last year, disposed of American Rhyne Williams 6-3 6-1 in the first round, while Federer enjoyed a bye as the No.1 seed.
Two other Aussies will be in action today, with Sam Groth, who blasted Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt off the court 6-3 6-2 in 58 minutes with his booming serve in the first round, taking on Poland's Lukasz Kubot, and James Duckworth meeting Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
The loss presented Hewitt with a dilemma. The defending champ has not nominated for next week's Sydney International so will miss valuable match practice ahead of the Australian Open.