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De Minaur, Millman, progress at Eastbourne

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Australian duo Alex de Minaur and John Millman have made good starts to the final Wimbledon warm-up with first round victories at Eastbourne.

ALEX DE MINAUR.
ALEX DE MINAUR. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Alex de Minaur and John Millman, Australia's No.1 and No.7 respectively, have each made flying starts to their final pre-Wimbledon grasscourt warm-up.

De Minaur, the defending champion at the tournament on England's south coast, beat Chile's Cristian Garin 6-3 6-3 in 82 minutes on Monday.

The 23-year-old dropped just one set en route to the crown at the ATP 250 event last season and again looked at home on the grass. Seeded sixth he broke Garin four times.

He now faces either Italy's Lorenzo Sonego, in a rematch of last season's final, or fellow Aussie James Duckworth. That pair play on Tuesday after Duckworth came through qualifying.

Millman, who also came through qualifying, surprised Sebastian Korda 6-3 7-6 (7-5), reversing the result when they met on clay at Roland Garros last month.

The Queenslander, 33 and ranked 86 in the world, secured victory in 100 minutes against an opponent 40 places higher and 12 years younger.

Korda withdrew from Wimbledon after the defeat, the American saying on Twitter he was suffering with "terrible shin splints and beaten up feet" and needed a rest.

Millman will now meet Alexander Bublik who rallied from the brink of defeat to beat American Frances Tiafoe 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.

There were also victories for Maxime Cressy over fellow American Reilly Opelka 6-3 6-1 and their compatriot Brandon Nakashima who beat Briton Jay Clarke 6-1 6-3.

In Mallorca Ilya Ivashka earned a meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas with a comfortable 6-4 6-1 victory over Emil Ruusuvuori while Roberto Bautista Agut overcame Taro Daniel 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

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