Roger Federer vs. John Millman
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 18, 2019, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
Gerry Weber Stadion
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Roger Federer and John Millman meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Halle Open.
Roger Federer is coming off a semifinal trip at the French Open and has won 15 of his last 17 completed matches. In his last performance, Federer had issues with his serve and gave away 16 break points, but it came against Nadal, so that certainly had something to do with the subpar performance. Federer is now more in his element on grass court, and he’s won the Halle Open nine times throughout his career. If Federer comes anywhere close to picking up his serve to where it was a few weeks ago, he should be considered the favorite to win this tournament. Federer hasn’t lost the opening match of a tournament since the 2018 Miami Open. Federer has won eight of his last 10 matches on grass court.
John Millman lost his opening match in Stuttgart and has lost six of his last eight matches overall. In his last performance, Millman won just 27 percent of his return points and had three double faults. It’s been a complete struggle for Millman to say the last and his confidence has to be shattered at this point. Of course, getting this draw doesn’t exactly help the Australian who turned 30 years old a few days ago. Six of Millman’s last 10 losses have been decided in three or more sets. Millman has one career win over a top-10 player. Millman has lost three of his last four matches on grass court.
These two have split the previous two matches, as Federer won 2015 Brisbane and Millman won the 2018 US Open. The loser took a set in both meetings.
Millman has had some success against Federer in two meetings, but those matches came on hard court and the Aussie was playing much better back then. Federer has owned this tournament over the years and tends to play even better on grass. Millman has nothing going for him right now and outside of his win over Federer, has no success against top tier players on the main tour.
Federer should roll in straight sets.