Wednesday 24 January 2018 / 02:37 PM


John Millman has backed up his win against compatriot Nick Kyrgios, keeping his US Open hopes alive with a straight-sets victory against Malek Jaziri in the second round.

The 28-year-old Australian struck 27 winners and fired down five aces in his 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-1 win.

It continues Millman’s career-best run at the US Open, given he had never previously won a match at the last grand slam of the year.

It’s also a welcome boost for the World No. 235, with his ranking expected to be back on the rise, after plummeting from a career-high 60th in the world following stomach surgery.

Millman made his debut at Flushing Meadows in 2010, but failed to advance beyond the final round of qualifying.

After a four-year hiatus, he returned to make his main draw debut in 2015 but it was short-lived, with Sergiy Stakhovsky defeating him in four sets in the opening round.

Last year, Dominic Thiem ended his hopes in a five-set battle.

Millman is now awaiting the winner of 33rd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber and Santiago Giraldo in the third round.

He has never advanced beyond the third round of any of the grand slams.

Meanwhile, Daria Gavrilova lost a gripping three set battle 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (5) against the unseeded Shelby Rogers.

The three hour and 31 minute match was officially the longest ever US Open women’s match in history.

Gavrilova fought hard to save four match points before the final set tie-break but she ultimately couldn’t overcome the intensity of Rogers.

To give an indication of just how close the encounter was, Gavrilova actually won more points overall than her opponent – 133 compared to 132 total points won.

But Rogers was able to clinch the ones that mattered, especially the final point as Gavrilova made an error off her forehand.

It was a shock loss for the Australian who entered the grand slam oozing with momentum, following her first WTA title in Connecticut.

It was the perfect preparation, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to guarantee a deep run at Flushing Meadows.

Gavrilova has never reached the third round of the grand slam in six attempts.

Millman will continue his campaign on Sunday (Australian time), while Ashleigh Barty remains the last Aussie standing in the women’s draw and she will face home hope Sloane Stephens tomorrow.

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