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Millman rues missing Aussie Open seeding

John Millman says he has not lost hope despite an Australian Open seeding going begging after being bundled out in the Brisbane International second round.

Millman rues missing Aussie Open seeding

John Millman says he has not lost hope despite an Australian Open seeding going begging after being bundled out in the Brisbane International second round.

JOHN MILLMAN of Australia returns a shot in a Men's Singles match of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York City.
JOHN MILLMAN of Australia returns a shot in a Men's Singles match of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York City. Picture:Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

An Australian Open seeding may have gone begging but John Millman has not lost hope after being bundled out in the Brisbane International second round.

The world No.38 planned to go deep at his home tournament in a bid to crack the top 32 and enjoy a grand slam seeding for the first time.


But former world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov had other plans, ousting the 2018 US Open quarter-finalist 6-3 6-4 at Pat Rafter Arena.

The Australian missed his final chance to press for a maiden grand slam seeding after bowing out to world No.19 Dimitrov in Brisbane's second round for the second straight year.

Yet the 29-year-old couldn't find too many other negatives ahead of this month's Australian Open, saying he was still primed to surprise the big names in Melbourne.

"That (seeding) would have been fantastic. But today I came unstuck against a guy who just played some great tennis today," he said.

"I haven't been seeded yet at a grand slam but I've managed to put in some good performances.

"And I still firmly believe that when I'm playing good tennis and when I'm fit and healthy I can match it with a lot of guys."

Few could argue after witnessing Millman's famous 2018 US Open fourth round boilover win over Roger Federer.

The stirring victory ensured local Millman went from cult hero to overwhelming crowd favourite in Brisbane.

And Millman showed his vocal fans the trademark fight that toppled 20-time grand slam champion Federer, coming back from 4-1 down to level the second set against sixth seed Dimitrov.

However, Millman was broken straight away by the Bulgarian who booked a quarter-final berth against second seed and former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan.

"I always have a bit of fight in me. I'm always going to fight," Millman said.

"But at 4-4 (in second set) I thought it was a very unlucky break.

"I played a really positive point at 40-15 where I went after a forehand and I think I just hit the tape then later he didn't hit the cleanest backhand return (but won the point) - those things happen in tennis.

"But I think Grigor showcased why people see him as a top 10 player."

Millman will also contest the Sydney International but already has one eye on the Australian Open - and maybe another giant-killing grand slam run.

"Hopefully I'll get a nice little draw down south," he smiled.

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