For some tennis fans, John Millman's epic career to the US Open quarterfinals in the men's singles was inspiring, but the star has revealed that he will be the online target of the trolls after his defeat against Novak Djokovic.
The surprise victory of Millman against Roger Federer, considered by many as the best player of all time, in the fourth round of a Grand Slam was a great race for the proud Queenslander.
However, the odds were against the 29-year-old laborer facing the sixth seed, Djokovic, for a spot in the semifinals on Thursday.
This Twitter user did not embrace Millman's career at the US Open. UU And he called it "so inefficient"
Another user tweeted that Millman was "starting to give in and making all the mistakes" against Djokovic
A third described Millman as a professional shit & # 39; in the middle of his confrontation against Roger Federer.
Less than three hours later, the impressive career of Millman in Flushing Meadows came to a final gallant, with the elegant Serbian winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4.
Speaking at the post-game press conference, Australia's last sports hero was proud of how he performed, before pointing out the criticism he was meant to receive from online cybercriminals.
"You probably have some now," Millman said.
"It's a bit of a headache and a bit bad at the moment that a lot of players have to deal with.
& # 39; I do not know the answer. Look, you try to ignore it, but there are some idiots out there who have something to connect with.
& # 39; Whenever you have a loss, you tend to protect it. & # 39;
In recent years, Millman has learned to deal with the senseless harassment of strangers, but says it can be distressing to other players on the tour.
John Millman gained many followers after his success at the US Open, but he still hopes to be trolled
"I would like them (the trolls) to be named and embarrassed a bit more, some of these people have families and those things and they are throwing abuse at people," he said.
"I find it a bit strange, obviously they lack a bit of character."
Millman will move to the top 40 in the world for the first time in his career after his success on the court in New York.
Next week he will represent Australia in their Davis Cup match against Austria in Graz.