London, UK , 29 June 2021 | Vivienne Christie

A typically spirited fight has ended in a first-round exit for John Millman, with No.8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut claiming a four-set victory over the Australian.

Millman extended the battle to just over three hours before the No.8 seed claimed a 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) victory.

Bautista Agut, a semifinalist at Wimbledon two years ago, has never lost a first-round match at the All England Club.

In a dramatic finish, Bautista Agut received medical treatment on his left leg in the fourth-set tiebreak and after returning to the court, fell heavily as a Millman error provided a match point opportunity.

The Spaniard, ranked world No.10 compared to world No.43 Millman, secured his moment and goes on to face Miomir Kecmanovic. Millman will turn his attention to the doubles alongside Argentina’s Guido Pella.

The 32-year-old Australian can take heart from some notable stats in his first-round match, including 32 winners and nine aces. Millman served just one double-fault, doing so late in the fourth set.

With rain on the opening day of play at the 2021 Championships, Millman was the only Australian to complete a match.

Chris O’Connell is tied at one-set apiece with No.13 Gael Monfils in their first-round clash, with play suspended on the verge of a third-set tiebreak. They will resume their match tomorrow at 6-4 2-6 6-6.

Scheduled first-round matches for Alex de Minaur, Marc Polmans and Sam Stosur were all cancelled.

Aussies in action – Wimbledon

Gentlemen’s singles, first round
[8] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d John Millman (AUS) 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)

Gentlemen’s singles, first round
[Q] Chris O’Connell (AUS) v [13] Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-4 2-6 6-6 to finish
[15] Alex de Minaur (AUS)
v Sebastian Korda (USA)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v [21] Ugo Humbert (FRA)
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [12] Casper Ruud (NOR)
James Duckworth (AUS) v Radu Albot (MDA)
[WC] Alex Bolt (AUS) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
[Q] Marc Polmans (AUS)
v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)

Ladies’ singles, first round
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [Q] Greet Minnen (BEL)
Sam Stosur (AUS) v Shelby Rogers (USA)
[Q] Ellen Perez (AUS) v [Q] Clara Burel (FRA)

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