Millman overcomes Popyrin in Munich ATP

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Australia's No.2 John Millman has overcome countryman Alexei Popyrin in a three-set marathon to move through to the second round of the BMW Open in Munich.

Millman showed grit to win the first set tiebreak despite dropping the opening three points of the breaker, and he continued on to a 7-6 (3) 3-6 7-5 victory on Monday.

The arm-wrestle lasted nearly three hours and had plenty of break point opportunities that both players struggled to take, with Millman saving 13 of 15 and Popyrin saving 14 of 16.

Popyrin's powerful serve was wayward at times as the 21-year-old sent down six aces but gave up seven double faults on the clay.

World No.40 Millman, who is searching for his second ATP title, will next face Argentina's Guido Pella, whose first round opponent Egor Gerasimov retired hurt while trailing 6-0 2-0.

Top seed and world No.6 Alexander Zverev is playing for his third BMW Open title in Munich and he had a first round bye.

Meanwhile in Portugal, Australia's Jordan Thompson has tumbled out of the Estoril Open with an upset 7-6 (5) 6-3 loss to Portuguese qualifier Nuno Borges.