Aussie Rio pick to take on Murray

GOING PLACES: Into the third round at Wimbledon, Aussie John Millman has been picked for the Rio Olympics.
GOING PLACES: Into the third round at Wimbledon, Aussie John Millman has been picked for the Rio Olympics. Michel Euler

TENNIS: Australian John Millman faces one of the toughest tests of his career tonight when he takes on world No.2 Andy Murray in the third round at Wimbledon.

Millman (pictured) downed French 26th seed Benoit Paire 7-6 6-3 4-6 6-2 to set up the clash with the Scot.

Moment before taking the court, Queenslander Millman learnt he would be representing Australia at the Rio Olympics alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis.

“It means the world to me to be able to represent my country at the Games,” world No.67 Millman said.

“I’m buzzing for that, and then to be able to go out there and put together a pretty good performance ... was awesome. I live to fight another day here at Wimbledon.”

Murray beat Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-2 6-1 to set up the third round clash.

Bernard Tomic will also be in action at the All England Club tonight when he plays Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.

The Australian 19th seed dropped a set against Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot, but won 7-6 6-3 6-7 6-3.

Tomic is expecting a tough time against Bautista Agut, who is coming off a walkover victory over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin.

“He plays similar to the guy that I played today,” Tomic said.

“He competes well, he’s an amazing mover and that’s why he’s close to top 10.

“He’s at a career-high ranking now of around 13 or 14 and I heard he got a default today so energy-wise he’ll be a lot better than me."

Australia’s female Olympic representatives, Sam Stosur and Daria Gavrilova, both bombed out in the second round.

Stosur, the 14th seed, lost 6-4 6-2 to German Sabine Lisicki, and Gavrilova was outsted by 19th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-2, ending Australia’s hopes in the women’s draw.

Australian Nick Kyrgios, seeded 15th, was due to face German Dustin Brown overnight, while fellow Aussie Matthew Barton was to play American 18th seed John Isner.

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