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10-08-2015 11:05 PM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

John has withdrawn from Shanghai. Pity, but he's had decent results in this swing to date and given how he needs to manage his body, it would be pushing it to play four tournaments in a row.

His schedule after that will be interesting. He's currently down to play both the 250 in Stockholm and the Challenger in Traralgon the week after for which is the defending champ - surely he's not flying from China to Sweden and then to Australia?
10-08-2015 08:50 PM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Great stuff Milkman. Just a pity that he could not convert it. The top players just seem to be able to wriggle out of those close matches...
John starting to show he can mix it with the top 100 players and should be capable of staying there given some good luck in the draws.
10-08-2015 01:16 PM
Sombrerero loco
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

so so so close =(((
10-08-2015 01:09 PM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Oooh, and John comes incredibly close to the biggest win of his career against an initially sluggish Isner...6-4 and serving for it at 6*-5, only for a worthwhile challenge on a fault to completely throw him to the point Isner broke back. Then, at 4-4 in the tiebreak, an incredible defensive lob from the big American prolongs the point enough to win it - never looking back after breaking at the beginning of the third to win 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4.

John will be (deservedly) very disappointed that he couldn't convert his big chance. But if the matches against Isner here and Cilic last week are any guide, he actually can step up to ATP level and match it with the big guns, which was my question mark about him. When his body doesn't break, he is every bit a Top 100 player...probably even more of a Top 50 calibre player than Groth, to be honest.

Onwards to Shanghai. He should be seeded in qualies, and on present form is a decent chance of qualifying again and netting another 35 precious ranking points.
10-08-2015 07:42 AM
Sombrerero loco
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

amazing week so far, good luck later today!
10-06-2015 08:58 PM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Nice going Johnnie Millman, build on that win now.
10-06-2015 07:43 PM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Another very nice looking win. He isn't there yet, but agree he will surely make it. Wouldn't be surprised if he actually manages to maintain something close to his current ranking and even improve it next year.
10-06-2015 12:03 PM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Richly, richly deserved. And rich is the operative word, given that John will now pocket at least US$36,500 for this week's work!

Of course, I do think Robredo was affected by some problem or other to lose that heavily after a close first set.

Interesting that John's first Slam MD win and 500 MD win have come against the same player.

certainly looking the goods for a top 100 finish and Direct Entry to the Australian Open!
Sure is a vital 45 points, but the Mailman isn't quite out of the woods yet...another win here would go a long way, but otherwise I estimate he still needs another 40-50 points between now and the end of November to hang on. Which, on present form, he should be able to do comfortably.
10-06-2015 10:54 AM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

That win makes Johnny 3-0 H2H vs Robredo, certainly looking the goods for a top 100 finish and Direct Entry to the Australian Open!

Thiem or Isner next!
10-06-2015 10:01 AM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Solid finish against Robredo. 4-6 6-1 6-0
10-06-2015 09:41 AM
B.kelly123 John Millman. An australian who can get a break point AND convert it.
10-04-2015 07:42 AM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Well, Novak may be the king of Beijing, but John has proven this year that he loves the big stage. Straight-setted Robredo, set off Cilic this week. Not to mention his performance against the great Roger Federer this year... I think he'd relish the challenge, and give a good account of himself.

Having said that, I still think he'd lose in straights so hopefully he gets Zhang
10-04-2015 07:35 AM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Yeah I hope he draws Zhang then gets to have a matchup with Novak.
10-04-2015 07:22 AM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Nice draw for Djokovic. Qualifier then qualifier/wild card. Not that it matters that much.

I hope Millman gets Zhang. Those kind of odds for an ATP win and 45 points is too good to pass up.
10-04-2015 06:03 AM
Re: John "the Mailman" Millman Cheering Thread

Great stuff from John, who we know loves playing in Asia...we just didn't know that extended to ATP events too!

First ever appearance in an ATP 500 event, I believe. The qualifier slots are Djokovic, Zhang, Robredo and Rosol - aside from the death slot against Novak, you'd give John a good chance against Robredo and Rosol, and he'd actually be the favourite against Zhang (though almost certainly then playing Novak in 2R).

After the US Open, because of his insanely back-loaded defence from 2014, he still needed about 125 points to hang on to the top 100 and get direct acceptance into the AO. I thought that a target of half of that from his ATP tournaments was reasonable, and the other from Challengers in November. So far, he's on good pace with 40 points from Shenzhen and Beijing, with Shanghai Q and Stockholm to go - if he gets a winnable R1 here and another 45 points, the Mailman will be in great shape and under less pressure in the closing weeks.

Come on draw gods, give this man a break!
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