defending champion John Millman survives Nur-Sultan marathon | ATP circuit


John Millman had to work hard defending his title at the Astana Open, but the Australian fought for the quarter-finals.

The fifth seed beat Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after three hours and nine minutes on Wednesday to reach the last eight at Nur-Sultan. Millman, who also needed three sets in his first-round match on Tuesday, is now 6-0 at the ATP 250.

“These long matches are not good in my old age, I tell you!” Millman said in his post-game interview. “But look, it was such a physical battle there. I thought the level was extremely good. I thought I improved from yesterday in terms of play. But Mr. Munar, he’s a tough competitor. .

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“His body probably dropped him a bit towards the end. I have to tell you that my body was not feeling very well either. It was such a physical game and so happy to extend my stay here.

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The seed, Aslan Karatsev, learned about his first opponent when Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori qualified for the second round. The world No.84 was leading Benjamin Bonzi 6-2 when the Frenchman retired. Bonzi has won six ATP Challenger Tour titles this year.

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“I think it will be a fun game,” Ruusuvuori said of Karatsev. “We know he’s playing at a high level so it will be a good test to see what level I can take on the pitch tomorrow.”

Seventh seed Laslo Djere also moved on, beating #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 after two hours and 48 minutes. The Serbian will then face his compatriot Dusan Lajovic, third seed, or South Korean Soonwoo Kwon.

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In another action, eighth seed Ilya Ivashka ousted Kazakh wild card Timofey Skatov 6-2, 6-3 and Spaniard Carlos Taberner knocked out Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 7-5, 6-4.

– Report contributed by Courtney Walsh


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