Millman, Young advance at Atlanta

Australia’s John Millman pulled off an encouraging win in just his third big match of the season on Tuesday, defeating promising young American Frances Tiafoe 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5) in the opening round of the Atlanta Open.

Millman, who missed the first four months of the year with a torn groin tendon, held on in the third set as Tiafoe broke to serve for the match at 6-5.

The 28-year old fought back to take the match in a tiebreak and set up a second-round clash with No. 4 seed Ryan Harrison.

Home favourite and sixth seed Donald Young, meanwhile, sealed an easy 6-4, 6-2 win over compatriot Tim Smyczek, saving five break points to make the second round, where he will face Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko.

The hero of the day was Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, who saved an astonishing eight match points to beat last year’s semi-finalist Reilly Opelka.

Jaziri saved four match points at 5-6 in the second set, before fending off four more during the tiebreak, which he eventually claimed 16-14 to take the match to a deciding set, which he then won 6-1.

The 33-year old’s heroics mean he now faces 20-year old American Tommy Paul in the second round.

British fifth seed Kyle Edmund got off to a good start with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over 2015 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis.

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