Millman is Australia and is ranked No. 127 in the boys’ rankings. John finished 2017 in force, with a title to Hua Hin (THA), an opportunity for him to regain self-confidence after a less bad period. In 2015, the Australian 28-year-old conquer 3 such challenger tournaments.
He impressed me in Brisbane, where he moved to Polansky (CAN) in the first round, score 7-6, 6-0, then to hold Dimitrov’s chest. He lost that confrontation, score 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, but we stay with positive things. It was not all visible in the inaugural round duel with Popyrin (AUS), score 7-6, 6-0, but John gave a single opportunity to break the opponent. On the way back, it can work.
Muller is 34 years old and is ranked 25th, probably the best season in his career. He won the title in Sydney (AUS) early on, and then S-Hertogenbosch (HOL), plus the semifinal in London and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
It was eliminated from the first round in Brisbane (AUS) by Chung (KOR), 3-6, 6-7. The South Korean youth has adapted very well to Muller’s left-handed service, and Gilles has earned only 36% of the points played behind the second.
H2H is 1-1 and Millman took his “side” in an epic duel in Melbourne, five sets two years ago. There are two strong, athletic players who serve well and play well at the net. It is strange that a tennis player who defends his title gets such a share, but Gilles’ mission does not announce an easy one. The space narrows terribly when the ball comes at you speed, and at 34, Muller does not have the same reflexes. Even so, his first service will play a vital role because he will keep close to Millman. I see at least one tiebreak, probably in the first set, so this selection seems the most valuable.
Prediction Today: Over 9.5 games in the first set