Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, 31 October 2020 | Vivienne Christie

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

John Millman saved two match points against Tommy Paul to book a first ATP semifinal appearance for the 2020 season at the Astana Open in Kazakhstan.

The Australian took two hours and 51 minutes to record a 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5) victory over the American, marking his fourth come-from-behind win this year.

Millman, ranked world No.45, overcame 12 aces from the 59th-ranked Paul.

After dropping the first set and levelling in the second, Millman faced two match points at 3-5 in the decider.

He then recovered from a 0-5 deficit in the deciding tiebreak to set up a semifinal showdown with Frances Tiafoe.

It sees three Australians record semifinal appearances in Kazakhstan, with Luke Saville and Max Purcell to face Ben McLachlan and Franko Skugor tomorrow.


Men’s singles, quarterfinals
[4] John Millman (AUS) d [7] Tommy Paul (USA) 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5)

Coming up:

Men’s singles, semifinals
[4] John Millman (AUS) v Frances Tiafoe (USA)

Men’s doubles, semifinals
[2] Max Purcell (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) v Ben McLachlan (JPN)/Franko Skugor (CRO)