5 September 2018 | Tennis Australia

John Millman not only achieved a personal milestone when he beat Roger Federer at the US Open on Monday, he thrilled tennis fans across Australia and beyond.

The 29-year-old caused one of the biggest upsets in tennis history by knocking out the 20-time Grand Slam champion in four sets.

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And the outpouring of excitement has been match by affection for a player who has battled through injuries that almost made him give up the game.

“We hardly ever see him in the paper, let alone the television,” said a proud Ron Millman as he and wife Shona were interviewed about their son.

Well, there has been no shortage of coverage across newspapers, television and social media in the hours since the world No.55 became the number one story in sport.

Even Australia’s new Prime Minister has been captivated by the country’s newest star.

“Seeing John do that is just so exciting,” he told Nine’s Today show.

“I was getting texts through the game from colleagues and friends saying how he was going. We posted something last night wishing him the best. These things make Australians feel great and he is a true hero.”

From his on-court interview with ESPN’s Brad Gilbert, when he smilingly paid tribute to the American’s book as an inspiration, to the subsequent press conference where he insisted that his “hero” Federer had been below his best, Millman was happy to share the spotlight every step of the way.

There was only one man the Australian papers were focused on, however – “Giant slayer”, “Millman delivers”, “Johnny Come Greatly”, were just some of the headlines – while tributes flowed on social media: