John Millman of Australia will take on Illya Marchenko of Ukraine in the second round of the 2021 ATP Kremlin Cup on Wednesday, October 20. Get the live streaming options of this John Millman v Illya Marchenko match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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John Millman v Illya Marchenko Head to Head
Millman and Marchenko have been involved in just a solitary career head-to-head meeting till date. They ran into each other in the last 16 of this year’s Sofia Open, with Millman prevailing in a closely fought three-setter.
Millman Seeking To Rediscover Form
After suffering an ignominious first-round defeat to Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland at the US Open, Millman did extract a measure of redemption from his two subsequent events.
Currently ranked 58th in singles, the Australian reached the quarter-final at Astana Open before falling to fellow countryman James Duckworth.
An experienced campaigner with a just a lone Tour title against his name till date, Millman followed up his Astana showing with another last-eight finish at the Sofia Open.
After opening his Sofia campaign with a straight-set sweep over Mikael Ymer of Sweden, the 32-year-old Australian scored another fighting win over Ukrainian Illya Marchenko to set up a quarter-final clash against Marcos Giron of the US. However, Millman failed to come good against the American, going down tamely in straight sets to crash out of the tournament.
Going into the Indian Wells Masters with a decent run of form behind him, the Aussie came out on the winning side of a tricky tournament opener against seasoned American Jack Sock. However, he fell apart in his next against in-form Italian Jannik Sinner, who was fresh off defending his 2020 title at the Sofia Open.
Taking the hurt from his straight-set defeat to Sinner into his opening clash at the Kremlin Cup, Millman showed spunk and spirit to down Benjamin Bonzi of France. After losing the opening-set tiebreak, the Aussie engineered a remarkable turnaround to get over the line in three sets.
For the second time in a matter of weeks, the veteran will face Marchenko again for a place in the quarter-finals. While his win in their only previous outing in the Bulgarian capital will stand the Aussie in good stead, he still has to produce his best tennis to get the desired result.
Marchenko Hoping to Continue Unbeaten Streak in Moscow
Falling to a shock defeat to unheralded Kazakh rival Denis Yevseyev at Astana, Marchenko had more than a point to prove as he opened his qualifying campaign at the Sofia Open against Italian Marco Cecchinato.
Coming with an aggressive intent, the 164th-ranked Ukrainian trounced the seasoned Italian 6-3, 6-3 to set up a second qualifier against Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic.
Surviving a spirited challenge from the Czech, Marchenko scraped home in three sets, thereby progressing to the main tournament draw. Going up against Andreas Seppi in the opening round, the 34-year-old Ukrainian produced near-flawless tennis to breeze past the Italian in straight sets.
The win saw him set up a grudge outing against John Millman, who beat him in a closely contested last-16 match in Sofia. The string of wins in Moscow will have given him just the shot of confidence he needs to go level with the Australian on head-to-head score.
Millman v Marchenko Prediction and Tip
While Millman’s superior ranking and win in his only previous outing against Marchenko will give him a clear edge going into this second-round clash, the Ukrainian already has three back-to-back wins against his name in Moscow and will be looking to make it four in four with a payback win over the Australian.