Australia’s two best likely-ranked males, Alex de Minaur and John Millman, will meet in a grass-court 2nd round showdown at Queen’s Membership.
Fourth-seeded de Minaur fought help from a attach correct down to myth for Serbia’s Laslo Djere 3-6 6-3 6-4, a day after his accurate friend Millman developed.
World No.21 de Minaur holds a 2-0 capture-loss record over 43rd-ranked Millman, having gained both of their outdated tour-level matches on tough court in straight sets.
Simply final month, Millman instructed AAP that he is been saved going by the tough cases on tour by his female friend, coach and a stop circle of fellow Aussie gamers he dubs “the travelling circus from Australia”.
“Clearly, Alex de Minaur, I am in actuality stop with… ,” Millman stated.
De Minaur became once the one Australian to prevail in Tuesday’s motion at the ATP 500 tournament in London, with Alexei Popyrin and Aleksandar Vukic bowing out.
Qualifier Vukic’s a success bustle got right here to an cease, with 2nd-seeded Denis Shapovalov scoring a tough-fought 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (8-6) victory.
The 25-yr-frail Australian impressed in his first occupation meeting against a top 15-ranked opponent, maintaining two attach aspects in the main attach and but another three in the 2nd attach.
Nonetheless world No.14 Shapovalov confirmed his quality when it mattered, serving 20 aces on his option to victory.
“No doubt no longer a truly easy, breezy match… ,” Shapovalov stated in his on-court interview.
“I in actuality feel obviously very fortunate to capture this match at present. It may perchance perhaps beget gone both method, so I am very, very joyful with myself.”
Popyrin created satisfactory chances against British sixth seed Dan Evans but may perchance well now not convert on any of his five destroy-point chances, falling in straight sets 6-4 6-4.
Within the intervening time, Andy Murray made a a success return to Queen’s with a convincing 6-3 6-2 capture over Benoit Paire.
Former world No.1 Murray, on the comeback wobble after but but another ruin setback, became once taking part in his first singles match on grass since 2018.
“The physique is frail but I did somewhat effectively at present when it involves my motion and stuff…” an emotional Murray stated.
“I deal with taking part in tennis… Clearly competing is why you attach in the tough work and in the outdated couple of years I beget now not been ready to create that as unprecedented as I would esteem so it is great to be out right here and competing again.”
The following situation will likely be unprecedented more sturdy for Murray against top seed Matteo Berrettini.
World No.9 Berrettini emerged victorious on his Queen’s debut against fellow Italian Stefano Travaglia 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).