WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up Wimbledon tips for Aussie veteran John Millman’s first-round clash with 25th seed Miomir Kecmanovic.
21:00 (AEST), Mon 27th Jul @ All England Club, Wimbledon
History: Played 3: Kecmanovic 2 V Millman 1
Last meeting: Serbia Open, 2022 (R16): Kecmanovic d Millman 6-4 7-6
Final Thoughts: John Millman heads into his Wimbledon opener against Miomir Kecmanovic as a $2.61 underdog as he aims to turn around a largely underwhelming 2022 season.
Following his first-round exit to Sebastian Korda at the French Open, the 33-year-old Queenslander played in a couple of Challenger tournaments before reaching the second round of the Eastbourne International with an upset of an injury-hampered Korda. Millman subsequently lost to Alexander Bublik in straight sets.
The world No.86 has lost four of his last five first-round grand slam matches. His best showing at Wimbledon was third-round appearances in 2016 and 2019, going down to eighth seed Roberto Batuista Agut in four sets first up last year.
The 22-year-old Kecmanovic has pushed into the top 30 for the first time in his career and is coming off his two best slam results to date: a fourth-round run at the Australian Open and a third-round showing at Roland Garros.
Quarter-final appearances at Indian Wells and the Miami Open have underlined the Serbian’s potential. But he has not always had the best time of it on grass and was rolled in the first round at the Halle Open (by Oscar Otte) and Mallorca Open (by Alex Molcan) in recent weeks.
The pair have met three times previously. Millman won the first clash in Budapest in 2019, but Kecmanovic prevailed at the 2020 Paris Masters and earlier this year at the Belgrade Open.
Neither player inspires a great deal of confidence here, but Kecmanovic’s retrieving ability and overall 2022 form shape as distinct advantages. Nevertheless, this could be a lengthy, scrappy affair.