Third seeded Adrian Mannarino, currently ranked 39th, will take on the fourth seeded John Millman, the world number 45, in the final of the 2020 Astana Open. The match is likely to begin at around 4:00 pm local time (11:00 am BST or 6:00 am Eastern Time) on Sunday, November 1. Get the live streaming options of this Adrian Mannarino v John Millman match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Adrian Mannarino v John Millman Head to Head
This will be the third meeting between the two players.
John Millman brings a 2-0 head-to-head advantage coming into this match. Their most recent head-to-head was in the 2020 Cincinnati Masters in August. Millman came from a set down to win that match. Their other meeting came in the 2019 Japan Open, with Millman coming from a set down to win that tie as well.
Additionally, both their meetings have been on hard courts.
Millman Aiming For First ATP Tour Title
John Millman will be aiming for a first career title on Sunday. The 32-year-old has come close to an ATP tournament’s top honors on two occasions: the Hungarian Open in 2018, and the Japan Open in 2019. He lost in straight sets on both occasions, first to Marco Cecchinato in Budapest and then to Novak Djokovic in Tokyo.
This time he’ll be hoping to make amends to both of those losses. He’s had a very exciting tournament thus far. He made easy work of Fernando Verdasco, defeating him in straight sets in the second round. From then on, his matches have been exciting ventures.
He came back twice in Kazakhstan to take out back to back Americans in three sets. First it was Tommy Paul in the quarterfinals, where he recovered from match point at 5-3 in the third set to force a tie-breaker. The tie-breaker was the highlight of the match. Paul was up 5-0, but Millman recovered and won seven points in a row to give him the set and the match.
The second comeback came in the semi-final against Frances Tiafoe. He lost the first set but took the second set after converting a break point in the set’s penultimate game. The third set, however, didn’t start to his liking. He found himself 3 games down after being broken early on and failing to capitalize on a break point.
The recovery began then. He won six of the following seven games, breaking the American twice in the process, which earned him a spot in the final.
He should be buoyed by this and carry the momentum into his last game, especially since he’s coming up against someone who fares awfully in finals.
Mannarino’s Bad Record in Finals
Adrian Mannarino, a hard-court stalwart, has made it to nine finals in his career, yet he’s only been able to win one of those finals.
His sole maiden title came in the 2019 Libema Open after he defeated Jordan Thompson in straight sets, which came after losing six finals in a row. After he won that title, he made it to two other finals, the Zhuhai Open and the Kremlin Cup, which he both subsequently lost.
His 1/9 in finals translates to an 11% success rate in such decisive matches. Now up against Millman, he’ll be hoping to improve upon that record. He seems to have picked up form after his exploits in the Cologne Open last week, where he only lost to eventual winner Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. That curtailed a string of four consecutive first-round eliminations and gave him much needed good form.
He’s performed well in this tournament. He’s won all of his three games in straight sets and has rarely had moments of discomfort. Additionally, he hasn’t lost a set in his last 5 wins (exclusive of his quarterfinal loss against Zverev).
He showed that dominance in his semi-final against qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori. After a nervy first set, he controlled the second set, converting two of his three break points and recovering a final-set break point which gave him the tie.
He’ll be hoping to replicate such displays in the crucial final.
Mannarino v Millman Prediction and Tip
This is a tight encounter that could go either way. Mannarino’s recent showings, however, have been title worthy. If he can overcome the jitters he gets in finals and replicate such recent performances, then he should be confident of winning his second career title.
Tip: Mannarino to win: 4/6 (bet365)