Millman To Face Mannarino For Astana Open Title

STARNBERG, October 31, 2020

John Millman of Australia and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino will compete in Sunday’s singles final of the inaugural Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, the first ATP Tour tournament held in Kazakhstan.

No. 4 seed Millman hit 16 winners and found success in extended rallies to defeat US-American Frances Tiafoe 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and reach his third ATP Tour championship match after two hours and six minutes. The 31-year-old from Brisbane is attempting to capture his first tour-level trophy after runner up finishes in Budapest in 2018 and Tokyo last year.

“I’m super happy, as it’s been tough road to the finals. It was a tough match against Frances. I needed to play high quality shots and it was always a physical match. Frances is a dangerous player,” said Millman speaking to the media after the match. “It’s great feeling to be in a final and it would be nice to get the win tomorrow. I have had a lot of fun and enjoyed the tournament and the atmosphere here.”

Later in the afternoon, No. 3 seed Mannarino defeated Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5, 6-2. The World No. 39 from France capitalized on four of his eight break-point chances to advance in one hour and 40 minutes.

”Adrian Mannarino is an established Top 100 player… He is very comfortable on these courts,” said Millman. “He is a lefty [who is] so tough to break down… I am really glad that I can be in a position to play for the title.”

The Australian won both of his previous two meetings with Mannarino.