April 26, 2018 / 5:38 PM / a month ago

Defending champion Pouille knocked out of Hungarian Open

(Reuters) - Defending champion Lucas Pouille crashed out of the Hungarian Open after a shock straight-sets defeat by Australia’s John Millman in the round of 16 on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP - Monte Carlo Masters - Monte-Carlo Country Club, Monte Carlo, Monaco - April 17, 2018 Germany’s Mischa Zverev celebrates winning his second round match against Lucas Pouille of France REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Millman, ranked 80 places above world number 14 Pouille, needed 73 minutes to clinch a 6-3 6-4 victory and the best win of his career by ranking position.

“I’m really happy with how I played, how I stuck with it mentally... I took my chances well today,” Millman said.

“I’ve come close a few times of late but couldn’t quite get through, so a really good result, especially considering it’s my first tournament on clay in a long time.”

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - Belgium vs Australia - Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium - September 15, 2017 Australia's John Millman during his match against Belgium's David Goffin REUTERS/Yves Herman

The 28-year-old Millman set up a quarter-final against Germany’s Yannick Maden who overcame compatriot Maximilian Marterer 6-1 6-3.

Fourth seed Denis Shapovalov also suffered an early exit as the 19-year-old Canadian was beaten 6-2 6-4 by Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Eighth seed Andreas Seppi powered past Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 6-2 to reach the last eight.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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