Millman to face tough Auckland ATP test

Ben McKay
John Millman's match play preparations for the Australia Open will wrap up in Auckland

John Millman will face world No.16 Karen Khachanov on Tuesday evening at the Auckland Classic in a stiff test of his Australian Open credentials.

Millman, the world No.47, beat American qualifier Michael Mmoh 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in a late-night outing in the first round of the grand slam lead-up event.

Tuesday's victory improved Millman's record to 3-0 for the year in singles play, after two wins for Australia at the ATP Cup.

The Queenslander defeated Canada's world No.21 Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets and unheralded Greek Michail Pervolarakis in a third-set tiebreak while on national team duty.

Khachanov, the third seed in Auckland, was also in action at the ATP Cup, winning four matches before losing a quarter-final tie to Dusan Lajovic of eventual winners Serbia.