World No. 43, and number 5 seed, John Millman of Australia. will take on Sweden’s Dmitry Popko of Kazakhstan, the world number 188, in the first round of the 2021 Astana Open on Tuesday, September 21. Get the live streaming options of this John Millman v Dmitry Popko match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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John Millman v Dmitry Popko Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between Millman, who is 32, and Popko, who is eight years younger.
Defending Champion Millman
It was at these Championships a year ago that Millman broke his senior ATP tour tournament duck, beating Adrian Mannarino in the final last November in straight sets.
That was the third successive year he had made a final, having been beaten at the Hungarian Open in 2018, and the Japan Open the following year.
Unfortunately for the Australian he has failed to capitalise on that victory in 2021, although he did get to make his Olympic debut in singles and doubles in July.
His singles’ journey in Tokyo ended at the second round stage, and then he went one round further in Washington before losing to the young American Jenson Brooksby. From there he went to Toronto, where he lost to Gael Monfils, despite taking the first set in their second round encounter.
Any hopes, though, of a good run at the US open were ended when he suffered a surprise opening round loss to the Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen, the world number 116.
Qualifier Popko’s Rare Main Draw Appearance
Popko will be an unfamiliar name to many tennis fans although he has represented his country at Davis Cup.
He spends most of his time on the junior tours where, last month, he reached his first final in two years, losing to the Czech player Dalibor Svrcina on the clay of Prague.
Clay is his preferred surface – 13 of his 18 career victories at that level have come on it.
He has come through two rounds of qualifying in Nur-Sultan to earn his shot at Millman, beating first the Bulgarian Simon Anthony Ivanov, and then another Australian in the form of Matthew Ebden.
Millman v Popko Prediction and Tip
Whilst Millman has shown little of the form that helped him win the title here last year, he could hardly have wished for an easier opponent to start his defence of it. The Australian should win with ease.