Millman upsets Sugita in Montpellier
John Millman's victory over eighth seed Yuichi Sugita has set up a second-round clash with local Benoit Paire at the ATP tournament in Montpellier.
John Millman has advanced to the last 16 of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
The 28-year-old Queenslander caused an upset when he eliminated No.8 seed Yuichi Sugita in three sets.
The victory sets up a last-16 clash with Frenchman Benoit Paire, who earlier overcame Mischa Zverev in his opening-round match.
After losing the first set 7-5, Millman took the next two sets 6-3 and 6-4.
The win took the world No.109’s record in 2018 to 4-3.
Meanwhile top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium reached the quarterfinals by beating French veteran Gilles Simon 6-4 6-2.
The 33-year-old Simon had won two of their three previous matches but dropped his serve six times.
Sixth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev joined Goffin in the last eight with a 6-2 6-1 win against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
In remaining first-round play, fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France swept aside Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-0 6-3.
Gasquet did not face a break point and next plays Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who won 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-4 against Kenny De Schepper in an all-French match.
Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium took only 50 minutes to beat French wildcard entry Calvin Hemery 6-1 6-2.