John Millman had an easy first-up win in Rio.
John Millman had an easy first-up win in Rio. SAM MOOY

Millman makes Olympic history with big win

Brisbane's John Millman has grabbed a slice of Olympic history, winning his opening singles match in Rio 6-0 6-0.

Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis was on the end of the biggest tennis loss - the first double bagle in the history of the Games - going down to the 27-year-old Australian in 50 minutes.

Ranked 75th in the world, Millman was a little shocked by the ease of his win.

"It hasn't quite sunk in,” he said of his whitewash of Berankis who has a similar world ranking.

"I didn't even expect to be playing at the Olympics,” added Millman who has been battling shoulder issues this year.

"Today was my day.”

His next match will be a lot tougher against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Fellow Aussies Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson did not get past round one in Rio.

Kokkinakis fell to Portugal's Gastao Elias 7-6 7-6, while Thompson was eliminated by Great Britain's Kyle Edmunds 6-4 6-2.

Kokkinakis had not played since October following shoulder surgery the 20-year-old battled hard in the heat before losing.



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