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Australian Open Tips & Preview – Alexander Zverev V John Millman

WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up Australian Open tips as Aussie veteran John Millman takes on a frontline title contender in the second round.

Australian Open Tips – Alexander Zverev V John Millman

20:30 (AEDT), Wed 19th Jan @ Melbourne Park

History: Played 2: Zverev 2 V Millman 0

Last meeting: Cologne 2, 2020 (R16): Zverev d Millman 6-0 3-6 6-3

Final Thoughts: John Millman is into the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2020 – but the beloved Aussie stalwart faces a tall order advancing further as he prepares to confront third seed Alexander Zverev on Wednesday.

World No.89 Millman outlasted big-serving 40-year-old Feliciano Lopez 6-1 6-3 4-6 7-5 on Monday. The 32-year-old Queenslander’s serve was on song early, laying the platform for a solid win.

Following Novak Djokovic’s deportation, Zverev is on the second line of Australian Open title betting behind Daniil Medvedev. The gifted German had to dig deep to put away compatriot Daniel Altmaier 7-6 6-1 7-6 in the first round. Zverev sent down 14 aces and lost just one game on serve.

Zverev reached the Australian Open semis in 2020 and the quarters last year. After semi-final appearances at the French Open and US Open last season, the 24-year-old finished 2021 in sensational fashion by beating Medvedev for the ATP Finals crown.

He warmed up for this tilt at a maiden Grand Slam with some satisfactory displays during the ATP Cup.

Zverev won both previous encounters between the pair – but Millman pushed the young gun hard in both. Their French Open first-round clash in 2019 went to five sets, while Millman also forced their Cologne hard-court match in 2020 to a decider.

Millman is as wholehearted as they come and will make Zverev fight for every point. But the $12.60 underdog is outclassed here. Zverev has a gilt-edged opportunity to win a major and should be laser-focused, even if he leaves something in reserve in these early rounds.

Tip: Handicap – Zverev -8 @ $1.87

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