The last time these two players met Millman stunned Federer in four sets at the US Open.
Federer looked to make a fast start to the match but Millman withstood the attack-minded gameplan from Federer and took the opening set to a tiebreak.
However, the nine-time champion upped his level significantly to win the breaker 7-1.
In the second set, Federer finally earned a chance to break Millman and on the second opportunity finally broke to lead 4-2 and although he had to save a break point when serving for the match, the 37-year-old came through to book a second-round clash against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday.
ROGER FEDERER VS JOHN MILLMAN AS IT HAPPENED
SECOND SET (*denotes server)
*FEDERER 7-6 6-3 MILLMAN
Federer forehand winner, 15-0. Federer forehand into the net, 15-15. Federer volleys in the tramlines, 15-30.
Millman forehand wide, 30-30. Millman forehand winner down the line, break point. Millman return into the net.
Federer ace, match point. Millman wide with a backhand return, GAME. SET. MATCH. FEDERER.
FEDERER 7-6 5-3 MILLMAN*
Millman goes long with forehand inexplicably, 0-15. Federer deep volley gets the error from Millman, 15-30.
Federer goes wide with a backhand, 40-30. Millman backhand winner forces Federer to serve for the match.
*FEDERER 7-6 5-2 MILLMAN
Federer double fault, 0-30. Federer volley winner, 15-30. Then a big forehand gets the error from Millman, 30-30.
And a big wide serve puts the Swiss just one game away from the second round.
FEDERER 7-6 4-2 MILLMAN*
Great scrambling on the baseline from Federer and Millman makes an error, 0-15. Federer stretches for a volley and makes it, 15-30.
Sloppy backhand slice from Federer, 30-30. Big serve from Millman, 40-30. Break point Federer as Millman shanks a backhand out.
Federer goes for it with the forehand but it drifts wide. Second break point as Millman puts a forehand long.
A patient rally from the two men and eventually Millman breaks down as he shanks a forehand. Federer finally breaks.
*FEDERER 7-6 3-2 MILLMAN
Gorgeous Federer backhand winner down the line earns a ‘too good’ reply from Millman, 30-0.
And another lightning service game comes to an end when Millman nets a forehand.
Roger Federer vs John Millman LIVE
Roger Federer won the first set in a tiebreak
FEDERER 7-6 2-2 MILLMAN*
Federer puts a forehand return long and that allows Millman to hold to 15.
*FEDERER 7-6 2-1 MILLMAN
Nice serve and volley from Federer, 30-0. And a wrong-footing forehand wins him another service game. Federer hasn’t had to save a break point yet.
FEDERER 7-6 1-1 MILLMAN*
Federer forehand long, 30-0. And Millman comes through another lengthy rally to hold serve. The Australian is proving very hard to break down.
*FEDERER 7-6 1-0 MILLMAN
Federer double fault, 30-15. Lovely touch with a dropshot, 40-15. And the Swiss holds comfortably to open the set.
FEDERER 7-6 MILLMAN – TIEBREAK
Federer forehand return long, 0-1. Federer ace, 1-1. Federer ace, 2-1. Millman double fault, 3-1. Millman forehand into the net, 4-1.
Millman backhand long, 5-1. Federer forehand winner down the line, 6-1. Millman backhand long, 7-1.
Federer won 91 per cent of points on his first serve. 18 winners. 10/12 points won at the net. Very attack minded set from the Swiss.
*FEDERER 6-6 MILLMAN
Federer ace, 30-0. Double fault, 30-15. Federer then nets a forehand, 30-30. Federer comes through with a forehand winner. Tiebreak time.
Roger Federer loves playing in Halle
FEDERER 5-6 MILLMAN*
Federer gets done by a low bouncing ball as he swings and misses like a park cricketer, 40-0.
And Millman comes through again to guarantee a tiebreak at best.
*FEDERER 5-5 MILLMAN
Federer forehand winner, 30-15. But Millman hits back with his own forehand winner, 30-30. Federer ace to take another game.
FEDERER 4-5 MILLMAN*
Millman goes toe-to-toe with Federer in a cross-court forehand battle and comes out on top.
Then gets his first ace of the match on the way to maintaining the lead. No break points in this match so far.
*FEDERER 4-4 MILLMAN
Federer ace, 30-15. Federer ace, 40-15. And a smash winner keeps the set on serve.
FEDERER 3-4 MILLMAN*
Federer nets a backhand, 30-0. But a lovely drop volley from Federer makes it 30-30. First deuce of the match as Millman nets a forehand.
But another backhand error from Federer allows Millman to hold again.
*FEDERER 3-3 MILLMAN
Millman gets his first point on Federer’s serve when the Swiss double faults, 15-15. Federer then puts a forehand wide, 15-30.
Federer wide serve then forehand winner, 30-30. And Federer comes through his first tricky game when Millman puts a forehand long.
FEDERER 2-3 MILLMAN*
Millman forehand wide, 40-15. Then backhand wide, 40-30. But again he does enough to come through as Federer makes a forehand error.
*FEDERER 2-2 MILLMAN
Back-to-back love holds for Federer. Racing through his service games early on.
FEDERER 1-2 MILLMAN*
Millman nets a forehand, 40-30. But follows up with a lovely forehand pass to escape another game.
*FEDERER 1-1 MILLMAN
Federer holds to love in just over a minute courtesy of a forehand winner.
FEDERER 0-1 MILLMAN*
Federer goes on the attack and finishes with a smash winner, 0-30.
Chance for Federer but he puts a forehand wide, 30-30. And Millman completes the comeback when Federer nets a backhand.
16:30: Huge ovation for Federer as he strides onto court behind Millman.
16:25: FIVE MINUTES TO GO KLAXON!
16:20: Federer has won nine times at Halle and holds a 63-7 tournament record. which puts into perspective the challenge facing Millman.
“I think I look back [down] memory lane a little bit [here],” said Federer.
“I see how many good moments I’ve had here, I see how much success I’ve had. The fan interaction [is special]. I feel like we know each other, they know what they get from me and I know what to expect from them.
“It makes me feel really good and makes me play good tennis.”
16:00: This is Federer’s first grass court match of the season as he builds towards Wimbledon. And he just loves playing at Halle.
“I feel great, to be honest. I am happy to be on the grass, regardless of if I played good or bad on the clay, or if I didn’t play at all,” said Federer.
“I always feel happy coming to this surface and this part of the season. I have always loved playing here in Halle for so many years.
“This is my 17th time playing this event.”
15:45: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Roger Federer’s first-round clash against John Millman at the Halle Open.