John Millman shows class following shock Aslan Karatsev win

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John Millman shows class following shock Aslan Karatsev win

Australia's John Millman showed his class following a big win at the St. Petersburg Open as he congratulated Aslan Karatsev on his outstanding year. Karatsev, 28, is enjoying his best season on the Tour and he has been one of the best stories in 2021.

Karatsev started the season with a bang as he made the Australian Open semifinal as a qualifier. Karatsev, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 19 in the world, captured his maiden ATP title in Dubai earlier this year before winning it all in Moscow last week.

“Congratulations to Aslan for an incredible year and last week lifting a title in his home city, I think that’s pretty special,” Millman said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Russia.

I feel like I’m playing really good tennis and it’s nice at the end of the year to be playing at a high level”.

Millman stunned Karatsev

Millman entered the match as the underdog against Karatsev but he delivered an outstanding performance as he saw off the Russian 6-3 6-2 to reach the St.

Petersburg quarterfinal. Millman claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game and held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. Karatsev led 2-1 after the opening three games of the second set but Millman then claimed back-to-back breaks to win five games in a row and finish the match in style.

Millman plays next against Taylor Fritz, who beat Tommy Paul 7-6 (3) 6-4. “It makes it even tougher,” Fritz said in his on-court interview. “[Tommy is] not just another American, one of my closest friends.

It’s never easy playing against a really close friend”. Millman and Fritz will be going head-to-head for the third time in their respective careers when they meet in the St. Petersburg quarterfinal. It remains to be seen if Millman can clinch his first win over Fritz.