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'More chance beating Murray at football than tennis'

ESPN staff
January 15, 2014
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Vincent Millot, Andy Murray's second round opponent at the Australian Open, says he stands more of a chance of beating the British No. 1 at football rather than tennis.

The pair are set to clash in the night match on Rod Laver Arena, and Millot, who won his first match at a grand slam in the opening round, has been talking his family background, with his father playing for St Etienne alongside Michel Platini, and believes he would come out on top against the reigning Wimbledon champion if they played football rather than tennis.

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"I had a lot of talent as a footballer and had some offers to join some clubs when I was 13, but my father pushed me more towards tennis," he said. "I loved playing tennis as well so I was happy to do that. I think I could have played football professionally, though you never know. I played attacking midfield or striker.

"My father played for St Etienne when they were runners-up to Monaco in the French League in 1981-1982. He was a sweeper, No 5. He was there when Michel Platini was also in the team.

"My aunt's husband - my uncle, Frank Gava - was even better known as a footballer. Maybe we should play each other at football rather than tennis. And if we did I think I might win. I would certainly have been richer if I had played football but I don't regret the decision to play tennis."

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