John Millman withdraws from Rotterdam



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John Millman withdraws from Rotterdam

Australia's John Millman, 30, has withdrawn from next week's ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Millman, ranked at No. 41 in the world, had been expected to make his Rotterdam debut this February. The 30-year-old last played at the Australian Open, where he suffered a heartbreaking third round loss.

The Australian competed extremely well against record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer but ultimately fell just short of earning a shock win. Millman was up 8-4 in the super tie-break of the fifth set before Federer won six points in a row to win 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8).

It remains to be seen when will Millman be ready to return to competitive action. Meanwhile, a place in the Rotterdam main draw has opened for Slovenian Aljaz Bedene following the withdrawal of Millman. Bedene, 30, is now set to make his second appearance in Rotterdam.

In 2017, Bedene sneaked into the Rotterdam main draw as a qualifier before losing in the first round Denis Istomin. It remains to be seen how far can world No. 51 Bedene go in his second Rotterdam appearance.