Peter Polansky vs John Millman: Brisbane International tennis live scores, blog

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    2018 Brisbane International, January 2

    Men's Singles, 2nd round

    Pat Rafter Arena, Queensland Tennis Centre

    Peter Polansky vs John Millman

     
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    Peter Polansky, CAN 6 0
    John Millman, AUS 7 6

    The first round at the Brisbane International concludes when Australian John Millman looks to build on a strong finish to 2017 as he takes on Canadian Peter Polansky. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from around 9:30pm (AEDT).

    Millman, on the back of a great performance for Australia at the Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium, had a positive finish to 2017.

    His aim for the start of 2018 will be to stay ahead of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Matthew Ebden in the line and retain his place in the team for the upcoming first round tie against Germany.

    The only way he is going to do that is by putting together a string of good results, and a wildcard to the Brisbane International is the perfect way for him to start his season.

    Avoiding the big players in the field and taking on Polansky in the first round should leave him with a good shot at moving forward.

    Millman is better than his ranking of 128 suggests, and winning his final tournament of 2017 in Hua Hin was a great step forward, defeating countryman Andrew Whittington in the final.

    That followed a run to the third round at the US Open, including a win over Nick Kyrgios, but being outside the top 100 means he doesn’t have an automatic spot at the Australian Open and he has not yet been offered a wildcard.

    The 28-year-old needs to build form in a hurry ahead of a possible qualification run to his home grand slam.

    Polansky had to qualify for the Brisbane International and like Millman faces a similar route into the first grand slam of the year.

    After an ordinary finish to the 2017 season, Polansky was strong in qualification for the first tournament of the new year. He went past Filip Peliwo 6-2, 6-2, before recording a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Yannick Hanfmann.

    The second win, wrestling back momentum and not dropping his serve in the third set was particularly impressive, but he will need to maintain that level across three sets against Millman, who proved exactly what he could do against world No.8 David Goffin in the Davis Cup last year.

    Playing the percentages and breaking the less powerful Millman down will be important for Polansky if he is to get through here.

    Prediction
    Millman has home court advantage and finished 2017 brilliantly. Given he hasn’t played a competitive match, don’t be surprised if he starts slowly, but then comes cruising over the top to win.

    Millman in three sets.

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    • Roar Guru

      12:36am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:36am | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017 Brisbane International as John Millman advanced to the second round.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      I’ll be back back tomorrow from around 3:30pm (AEDT) for Nick Kyrgios and Matthew Ebden, then again at 8pm (AEDT) for Alex De Minaur and Milos Raonic.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      12:33am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:33am | ! Report

      Thoughts on the match Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      12:32am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:32am | ! Report

      GAME, SET, MATCH JOHN MILLMAN

      Well, that was an absolutely dominant second set from John Millman. Wide serve, short return and a bit forehand back in behind for Millman to get the job done.

      It was a strong first set as well, but he ran away with that.

      Millman will now face top seed Grigor Dimitrov in the second round.

      Peter Polansky 6 0
      John Millman 7 6

    • Roar Guru

      12:30am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:30am | ! Report

      2 match points now!

      Polansky 6 0 – 15
      Millman 7 5 – 40

    • Roar Guru

      12:30am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:30am | ! Report

      Polansky now returns a kick serve long.

      Polansky 6 0 – 15
      Millman 7 5 – 30

    • Roar Guru

      12:29am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:29am | ! Report

      Fault from Millman. The second is attacked with a backhand and Millman has to do a bit of defensive work before Polansky puts a forehand into the net.

      Polansky 6 0 – 15
      Millman 7 5 – 15

    • Roar Guru

      12:28am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:28am | ! Report

      Millman serving for the match. He starts with a fault, then it’s a shorter return and Millman puts a backhand wide.

      Polansky 6 0 – 15
      Millman 7 5 – 0

    • Roar Guru

      12:26am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:26am | ! Report

      Triple break

      Double fault. Millman to serve for the match on the other side of the change of ends.

      This has been an utterly dominant second set.

      Polansky 6 0 –
      Millman 7 5 –

    • Roar Guru

      12:25am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:25am | ! Report

      SHOT! That’s fantastic from Millman. Opens the court up and then absolutely smokes the backhand down the line.

      Polansky 6 0 – 15
      Millman 7 4 – 40

    • Roar Guru

      12:24am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:24am | ! Report

      Millman is on his way now. Great work up to the net right there.

      Polansky 6 0 – 15
      Millman 7 4 – 30

    • Roar Guru

      12:24am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:24am | ! Report

      Polansky tries something a bit different here. Wide serve, then up to the net and he volleys a winner.

      Polansky 6 0 – 15
      Millman 7 4 – 0

    • Roar Guru

      12:23am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:23am | ! Report

      Body serve and Polansky returns long on the backhand here. Millman racing towards the finish line now.

      Polansky 6 0 –
      Millman 7 4 –

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