Delray Beach, FL, United States, 19 February 2019 |

Nick Kyrgios came out on top of an all-Aussie clash at the Delray Beach Open on Monday local time, beating John Millman in a final set tiebreak.

The 6-4 6-7(1) 7-6(3) victory sends Kyrgios through to the second round of the ATP hard-court tournament, where he will face either Ivo Karlovic or Radu Albot.

Kyrgios got through thanks to the strength of his serve; he notched 19 aces and a winning percentage of 85 on first-serve points.

He saved the only break point he faced – in the fourth game of the first set – and went on to win in two hours and four minutes.

The victory also helped him turn the tables on Millman, who won their only previous encounter in the first round of the US Open in 2017.

“My serve keeps bailing me out of these types of matches, which is pretty fortunate for me,” said Kyrgios.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. John is one of the toughest competitors on tour and he’s a good mate of mine, so I’m just happy to get through with the win.”

Jordan Thompson and Bernard Tomic will play their first-round matches on Tuesday, against Marcel Granollers and Andreas Seppi respectively.

Meanwhile, at the WTA tournament in Budapest, Hungary, Arina Rodionova fell in a third-set tiebreak to Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the final round of the qualifying draw.

Vikhlyantseva, the top seed in qualifying, outlasted Rodionova 6-7(7) 6-2 7-6(5).