Millman serves in his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber at Flushing Meadows.
Millman serves in his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber at Flushing Meadows.

Millman turns attention to doubles after singles run ends

HIS singles run may have come to an end but John Millman's US Open is over yet.

After going down in the third round to German Philipp Kohlschreiber, the Queenslander has set his sights on doubles success with Englishman Ken Supski.

The pair gained a last-minute entry as first alternates and made the most of it, beating Andrés Molteni and Adil Shamasdin in the first round to set up a showdown with Australian Davis Cup star Jordan Thompson and Swede Robert Lindstedt early Monday morning.

"Ken is over the moon and I found out what the prize money was and I could see why he was excited. I said, 'Yeah, let's do it.'

"I was really looking forward to a light day, hitting 45 minutes with Bautista (Agut), and I thought a bit of recovery and I am hanging them up.

"But I tell you what, when I found out that I got in and what we were playing for, I got really excited.

"We were first alternates, so you have to be prepared and I was really hopeful to get in, more so for Ken's case, because we are in a little group - a Liverpool chat - and he and his brother were there throughout my match today and they are great supporters and they are good mates of mine and they have supported me for ages.

"It is great that we live to fight another day and this US Open experience continues."

Millman was Australia's last man standing before losing 7-5 6-2 6-4 to Kohlschreiber, but will be rewarded with a $US166,500 ($A210,000) paycheck for his two wins at Flushing Meadows.

The 28-year-old will also rise at least 60 places in the rankings to around 180th in the world following his return from groin surgery.

"(It was) a really good week," Millman said.

"I could walk off the court and say I was a little bit sore or whatever but, at the end of the day, physically I felt really good and I got beat by a guy who just played a little bit better than me.

"To be honest, I thought the whole match was pretty high quality.

"I really tried to back myself when the time was there to do so and I have to continue doing that.

"But I really think my game is at a good level right now and this week has been so good for that."

News Corp Australia


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