John Millman isn’t taking Thanasi Kokkinakis for granted as he insists Kokkinakis is more than capable of playing well in Australia.
Millman is set to open his season in Adelade against Kokkinakis, who received a main draw wildcard for the event.
Millman and Kokkinakis are set to clash against each other on the ATP Tour for the first time in their careers.
Millman and Kokkinakis clashed at a Futures event in 2012 and back then Millman claimed a routine straight-set win.
“I think he (Kokkinakis) plays really well in Australia,” Millman said, per The New Daily.
Millman saw what Kokkinakis was capable of
Kokkinakis was on the verge of stunning Stefanos Tsitsipas at last year’s Australian Open.
Kokkinakis pushed Tsitsipas into a five-setter before falling just short to the Greek tennis star.
“We know when he’s on his game, when his body is good, mentally and physically he’s fit, he can play really a high level of tennis,” Millman added.
“I think he appreciates playing at home in Australia.
“We saw how well he went at the Australian Open last year, really taking it to (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, one of the best players in the game currently. I think it’s a tough test against Thanasi.
“The first match of the year is always a little bit tricky. You’re always trying to find that sharpness, find your game. Hopefully I can find my feet as early as possible in that one.”
Millman is 32 and he is focused on managing well his body so he can endure the demands of the Tour.
“Managing your body’s always a bit of a battle the older you get,” he said.
“I’ve figured that out. I’ve got some back and hip stuff that I kind of just have to kind of manage throughout the season.
“I’m still trying to manage that. But hopefully I’ll be good to go.”