- John Millman pulled off the biggest upset of his career on Monday night, defeating Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open.
- Just moments after his big win, however, Millman revealed what was really on his mind – his coming fantasy football draft and whom to take with the second overall pick.
- Millman wound up selecting Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell – and is set to play against Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
John Millman is not a household name in the tennis world.
Ranked 55th among men’s players, Millman entered the US Open unseeded, and on Monday night it was expected that he’d be just another footnote on Roger Federer’s path to the quarterfinals.
Instead, Millman pulled off the tournament’s biggest upset so far, stunning the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) victory that sent Federer home before the quarterfinals for just the second time since 2004.
After four sets of tennis, the 29-year-old Aussie sealed his victory just after 1 a.m. in Queens, notching his first win over a top-10 player. But rather than bask in the moment for a bit, Millman had some other important business on his mind: his coming fantasy football draft.
“It’s 1 o’clock now. I probably should try to get a recovery. I’ve got a 7-o’clock-in-the-morning fantasy draft,” Millman said on the court just moments after knocking off the five-time US Open champion. “So, I’m going to get up for that, and hopefully I have a good draft. I’m second pick. I don’t know whether to go Gurley or Le’Veon Bell.”
You can watch Millman’s comments below.
John Millman…..every fantasy football player’s new favorite tennis player!!! So great!! pic.twitter.com/pQaTLubepD
— Dan Beyer (@danbeyeronfox) September 4, 2018
On Tuesday, Millman revealed his decision to be an easy one – he wound up selecting the Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell after Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams was already taken with the first overall pick.
I love DJ but had to take @LeVeonBell with Gurley off the board.. just need him to be happy with a new contract, maybe a ticket to the tennis as a sweetener ????????
— John Millman (@johnhmillman) September 4, 2018
Millman is now set to face off against Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Should he continue his magical run all the way to the final on Sunday, he’ll have to be sure to set his fantasy lineups beforehand.
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