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John Millman reveals plan to ‘put a spanner in the works’ for Roger Federer at Australian Open

John Millman has revealed his plan to ‘put a spanner in the works for Roger Federer’ when the pair meet in the Australian Open third round.

Millman got the best of a heat-exhausted Federer at the US Open in 2018, so he knows a thing or two about Grand Slam wins against the 38-year-old.

He is hoping to take advantage of a vocal home crowd in Melbourne, but requesting to take Federer away from his usual playground of Rod Laver Arena and into the more partisan outer courts.

“Of course, but I don’t think Craig [Tiley, the tournament director] will take me too seriously,” Millman admitted ahead of Friday’s clash.

“More so just to throw a spanner in the works for Roger. I don’t know if he knows the other courts.

“He hits on the outside ones, but he hasn’t played too many. I don’t know if he would have played too many matches on the outside ones.

“Look, I love a vocal crowd. Obviously the matches I played, probably two really special courts, Show Court 3 and Melbourne Arena, are notorious for the crowd support you get there, the vocal Aussies.

“I very much consider myself, and I think the people who know me, know that I’m just your typical Aussie bloke. So I’m one of the people.

“The people get the ground passes and the people go to those courts.

“I know it’s a little corporate at Rod Laver, but it’s still a pretty cool court to play on.”

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