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Dominic Thiem loses in return from injury at Serbia Open

Serbia Open

BELGRADE, SERBIA - APRIL 19: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts against John Millman of Australia during the day two of Serbia Open ATP 250 Tournament at Novak Tennis Centre on April 19, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- John Millman tainted Dominic Thiem’s return from injury by beating the Austrian 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Serbia Open.

Thiem was playing his first tour-level match since injuring his right wrist last June, and the former world No. 3 showed some signs of encouragement before Millman prevailed in just over two and a half hours.

The 80th-ranked Australian broke in the 10th game of the third set to reach the second round where he will play Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic. It was the 32-year-old Millman’s first win in four matches against Thiem.

Also Tuesday, Czech player Jiri Lehecka defeated Henri Laaksonen 6-2, 7-5 to seal a second-round meeting with the second-seeded Andrey Rublev.

Serbia’s Laslo Djere defeated compatriot Hamad Medjedovic 6-4, 7-5, Roman Safiullin beat Mikael Ymer 7-5, 6-0 and Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro ousted Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3.