Millman beats Tiafoe to reach Astana final

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Brisbane's John Millman has produced another battling performance to make it into the Astana Open final, coming from a set down to beat American Frances Tiafoe 3-6 6-4 6-4.

The Brisbane player, who had pulled off a remarkable fightback the previous day by saving two match points and coming from 5-0 down in a deciding tiebreak against another American Tommy Paul, demonstrated his grit again on Saturday.

Millman, who had lost a recent U.S. Open clash with Tiafoe in a tough five setter, may have feared that his first semi-final appearance in a year might go the same way when the American broke his serve twice en route to taking the opening set in 39 minutes.

Yet Millman, who was holding a 2-1 career advantage over the 22-year-old Tiafoe, regrouped and, with the scores locked at 4-4 in the second, eked out his crucial first break.

When Tiafoe raced into a 3-0 lead in the decider, the 31-year-old Australian, for the second day running, had to call on all his reserves of determination to claw the match back to 3-3.

Fourth-seeded Millman then finally converted the last of four break points in the ninth game to swing the match decisively his way before wrapping up victory in two hours and seven minutes.

In the final, Millman will meet either Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the third seed, or surprise Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori.