Dzumhur defeats Millman to set up third round clash with Rafael Nadal

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Bosnian tennis player Damir Dzumhur ended local favorite John Millman’s Australian Open campaign in the second round. 

Dzumhur bounced back from a second-set meltdown to win 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, and 6-1 in two hours and 39 minutes.

The No. 28 seed broke his opponent’s serve in the very first game of the match, but suffered a setback when Millman broke him back in the sixth game of the first set.

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Dzumhur broke Millman once again in the 11th game to win the first set, and then stormed into a 3-1, 40-0 lead in the second.

But the world No. 122 responded by winning the next five points, as well as six consecutive games - during which Dzumhur made three double faults and five unforced errors - to tie the match at one set apiece and take a lead in the third set.

From that point on, however, Dzumhur stepped up his game, leaving Millman almost no chance whatsoever.

In fact, 29-year-old Australian did not have a single break point until the end of the match; Dzumhur, on the other hand, broke Millman two times in the third set and two times in the fourth to close the match and set up a round of 32 clash with the world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Dzumhur and Nadal have played once before, almost two years ago in Miami, when Nadal retired while trailing 6-2, 4-6, 0-3.

The match is scheduled to be played early on Friday morning.  

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