Australia’s world number 45 John Millman will take to court against the 59th-ranked Tommy Paul in their quarterfinal match of the 2020 Astana Open with the encounter scheduled for Friday, October 30. The exact time will be announced soon. Get the live streaming options of this John Millman v Tommy Paul match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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John Millman v Tommy Paul Head to Head
There have been no previous matches between the 31-year-old Millman and 23-year-old Paul.
Millman Sends Verdasco Packing
After a first round bye, Millman wasted no time getting Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in his second round match, beating the former world number seven 6-3, 6-4 to make it to it first ATP quarterfinal since the Auckland Open.
In a match lasting 81 minutes, the Brisbane lad needed a break in each of the two sets to complete the rout, with Verdasco showing fight only towards the end of the second set when he held two break-points to mount a fightback. Millman shut off any such chances to complete the victory.
It was a rare positive result for the Aussie in recent times, who hasn’t won back to back matches on the tour since his third round appearance at the Australian Open. In fact over the past month and a half, his only win other than this one against Verdasco came at the Cologne Open and that was against…Verdasco. Again!
And while he would be hoping to make it two in two now, his opponent doesn’t look like he is going to make it any easier for him.
Paul Punishes Albot in Round Two
Following a 7-6, 6-3 win over Stefano Travaglia in the first round of his campaign here, Paul was pitted against Radu Albot for a place in the quarterfinal.
While Paul was the favourite, he hadn’t won back to back matches in the main draw of a tournament since Acapulco in February and with that cloud hanging over his head, his opponent Albot would have given himself a shot. A shot to make a match out of it, if not win it.
Paul had none of that. A gritty first set saw Paul break Albot in the second game only to be broken back in the third before he made a decisive incision in the 10th game as his opponent looked to serve to stay in the set.
And with that, his confidence rocketed enough for him to break Albot three more times in the second set to wrap up a 6-4, 6-0 win in an hour and 12 minutes.
Paul, who was a semifinalist at the Adelaide International earlier this year, will now be gunning for his second last-four appearance in the year. Millman’s dodgy recent form could make things even.
Millman v Paul Prediction and Tip
There’s not much to choose between the two and both start at 10/11 at bet365, to win this. Paul’s younger legs go up the experience of Millman and we think the Aussie will have enough fuel in the tank to edge past the American.
Tip: Millman to win: 10/11 (bet365)