Millman battles past Popyrin in Munich


John Millman wins all-Aussie first-round conflict towards Alexei Popyrin at an ATP 250 match in Germany.

Munich, Germany, 27 April 2021 | Leigh Rogers


Expertise proved telling in an all-Australian showdown in Munich, with John Millman surviving a problem from youthful peer Alexei Popyrin in an nearly three-hour battle.

The 31-year-old Millman recorded a 7-6(3) 3-6 7-5 victory in two hours and 55 minutes.

Little separated the pair, with Millman profitable 132 factors to Popyrin’s 129. Each had been stable on service too, with Millman saving 14 break factors and Popyrin saving 13.

The 21-year-old Popyrin confirmed his preventing spirit to avoid wasting three match factors late within the third set, however Millman ultimately closed out a hard-fought win.

It snaps a four-match shedding streak towards fellow Australians for Millman, a streak stretching again to April 2019.

Whereas for Popyrin, it marks the primary time this season he has misplaced within the opening spherical of a match.

Millman, who returned to the world’s high 40 this week, will face Argentine Guido Pella within the second spherical.

Aussies in motion – Munich

Males’s singles, first spherical
[8] John Millman (AUS) Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 7-6(3) 3-6 7-5

Males’s singles, second spherical
[8] John Millman (AUS) v Guido Pella (ARG)

Males’s doubles, first spherical
[2] John Friends (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)/Emil Ruusuvouri (FIN)
Matthew Ebden (AUS)/John-Patrick Smith (AUS) v Tomislav Brkic (BIH)/Nikola Cacic (SRB)


Native qualifier Nuno Borges has crushed Australia’s Jordan Thompson within the opening spherical of an ATP 250 match in Portugal.

Borges, a 24-year-old ranked No.331, recorded a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory towards the No.61-ranked Thompson. It’s his first-ever ATP foremost draw win.

Aussies in motion – Estoril

Males’s singles, first spherical
[Q] Nuno Borges (POR) d Jordan Thompson (AUS) 7-6(5) 6-3


Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic begins her bid to qualify for the WTA 1000 match in Madrid this night.

The No.17 seed has been pitted towards Germany’s Mona Barthel within the first spherical. Tomljanovic must win two matches to safe a foremost draw spot.

Aussies in motion – Madrid

Girls’s qualifying singles, first spherical
[17] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Mona Barthel (GER)


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