The Queenslander received the perfect morale boost before the match - and now he's due to face Andy Murray.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Like so many so called "late developers" Brisbane-born John Millman has spent a lifetime getting, if not to the top, then as close as he ever has been in a professional career that stared some seven years ago.
It all looked as though it would be so easy for the Aussie after the first game. It didn't turn out that way.
Sydney galloper Holler raced prominently for a long way in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot before fading to finish out of the placings behind the Ryan Moore-ridden Twilight Son in the 1200 metre group one test.
Will an "Olympic " champion strut his stuff and take out Australia's greatest race, the Melbourne Cup?
With all the focus on violence, English hooligans, French police and Russian thugs, its easy to forget there's a football tournament, not a war, going on in France.
St George slayed the Dragon when the England football team got a last gasp winner against Wales in the European Championships on Thursday afternoon.
Russia hit with a suspended ban from Euro 16, prompting calls from British MPs for the country to be stripped of hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup.
It's perhaps the finest day of racing on the British calendar, boasting three group 1 races and a host of top qualify horses, jockeys and trainers.
The more the merrier? Or a proliferation of qualifiers which weakens standards and leads to mediocrity?