Aussie Millman out of Atlanta ATP event

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Only two Australians remain in the singles draw at the ATP event in Atlanta after John Millman suffered a straight-sets defeat to Brandon Nakashima.

Eighth seed Nakashima saved three set points in the first-set tiebreak en route to a 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 in a tick over one hour 52 minutes.

Alex De Minaur will take on compatriot James Duckworth in the quarter-finals on Thursday while Nakashima meets Frances Tiafoe in an all-American last-eight clash on Friday.

Playing in his first event since pushing Nick Kyrgios to a fifth set in the Wimbledon fourth round, the returning Atlanta finalist advanced to his third quarter-final of 2022.

"A lot of long rallies out there and court conditions were tough as always here in Atlanta, but luckily I was able to squeeze that first set out," the 20-year-old said.

"Then I was lucky to get an early break in the second set and ride that out until the end.

"I think the court speed definitely suits my game a lot. I like the faster conditions, and with the heat it seems to be ideal for my game."

Fourth seed Tiafoe saw off Japan's Taro Daniel 7-5 6-4 and leads the head to head with Nakashima 3-0.

"He's definitely had my number ... but every match with him is super close and we're good friends off the court," Nakashima said.

"I know it's going to be a good battle."

Tommy Paul, the fifth seed, equalled his personal-best season mark of 25 tour-level wins with his 6-3 6-3 victory against Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea.

He will face Ilya Ivashka next after the Belarusian fought back to beat Steve Johnson 4-6 6-2 6-4.

After pulling out prior to his singles match against German Peter Gojowczyk on Tuesday, Kyrgios shook off a knee injury to partner compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis for a second doubles success in Atlanta.

The No.2 seeds moved into the semis with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Hunter Reese and Gonzalo Escobar.

But fellow Aussie pairing in Luke Saville and De Minaur succumbed to Americans Paul and Johnson, 4-6 6-1 10-8.

The all-Australian quarter-final between fourth seeds Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden and Jason Kubler and John Peers takes places on Thursday.

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