A shattered John Millman has shouldered the blame for Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final defeat following his singles rubber defeat to Vasek Pospisil. Millman was a last minute replacement for Nick Kyrgios, who pulled out of the match due to a collarbone injury an hour before the start of the tie.
The Australian lost to Vasek Pospisil in straight sets after a very close first set tie break and was seen weeping after the loss to the Canadian. “I had a few hours to prepare, but there’s no excuses from my end,” Millman said.
“That performance is on me. I couldn’t have been better prepared from Lleyton and the coaching staff. Yeah, that’s on me”. “There were a few points in it but in the best-of-three set format, that can happen.
Obviously, it’s a little more disappointing when you have those chances and you don’t take them but this one just hurt a lot”. Though fellow Australian Alex de Minaur played some fantastic tennis to outclass fellow next gen star Denis Shapovalov, the damage was done in doubles with the Canadian team outclassing the Australians.
“I was going to do everything in my power to try to give myself chances and fight till the end, and, you know, that’s what I did,” de Minaur said. “It ended up going my way and it was good to turn that one around but the team winning is the most important thing”.