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The Baseline Player of the Week: John Millman
Published Nov 02, 2020
John Millman has a lot to celebrate this week. The Brisbane native had a huge career breakthrough after 12 years by finally winning his first-ever ATP Tour title. The 31-year-old defeated Adrian Mannarino, 7-5, 6-1, in the final of the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, Kazakstan. .
He fended off six break points to win the final.
“It is incredible. I am so happy and relieved,” Millman said after the match. “I just feel very satisfied. It is just a pure moment of satisfaction. That was my third final—third time lucky I guess."
Millman has always been on the verge of greatness, famously defeating Roger Federer in five sets at the US Open two years ago. Yet it took him over a decade of ITF Future and ATP Challenger titles to claim his first ATP trophy.
His last two final appearances were in Budapest in 2018 and in Tokyo in 2019. Millman has moved up seven spots to world No. 38.