Sport De Minaur upsets Verdasco in Sydney tennis

10:07  09 january  2018
10:07  09 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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Australian teen sensation Alex De Minaur© AAP Image/Darren England Australian teen sensation Alex De Minaur Australian teen sensation Alex de Minaur's sizzling summer has continued with an upset win over Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Sydney International.

Less than a week after reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane, the 18-year-old de Minaur showed off his trademark fighting qualities on Tuesday to beat the Spanish veteran 6-4 6-2.

Again, Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt was in de Minaur's corner as the Sydney-born, Spain-raised talent set up a meeting with seventh seed and world No.30 Damir Dzumhur.

"He's a great kid. Whatever I tell him to do, he does," Hewitt said.

Australian Open: Alex De Minaur one to watch after win over Fernando Verdasco at Sydney International

  Australian Open: Alex De Minaur one to watch after win over Fernando Verdasco at Sydney International Australian teen sensation Alex De Minaur's sizzling form has continued with an upset win over Fernando Verdasco in the opening round of the Sydney International. Fresh off his stunning form in Brisbane, where he reached the last four in stunning style, the 18-year-old produced a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 win over the Spanish world number 40.

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"I enjoy going out there training with him. For him, I think being around the Davis Cup team for the last year and a half, we've tried to fast-track him.

"I saw something pretty special in him at a young age and, so far, he's on the right path.

"He knows he's still got a lot of work to do to get to the top and, obviously, the top 100 is his next goal."

Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals

  Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals Alex de Minaur is through to the Sydney International quarter finals after Damir Dzumhur was forced to retire.But not before being blown off the court by 18-year-old de Minaur, ranked 167 in the world, who added another scalp to his 2018 list which also includes Milos Raonic and Fernando Verdasco. In the last week and a half he's beaten four top-50 ranked players.

Filip Krajinovic v Adrian Mannarino Alex De Minaur v Fernando Verdasco Aljaz Bedene v Benoit Paire Gilles Simon v Jared Donaldson Mischa Zverev v Leonardo Mayer ATP Sydney .

Filip Krajinovic v Adrian Mannarino Alex De Minaur v Fernando Verdasco Aljaz Bedene v Benoit Paire Gilles Simon v Jared Donaldson Mischa Zverev v Leonardo Mayer ATP Sydney .

He's well on his way, with de Minaur again assuring himself another rankings surge from world No.167.

And just like last week, de Minaur made a mockery of the gulf in rankings by embracing the challenge of Verdasco's cannon-like forehands.

He had the home crowd going early when he broke Verdasco in the third game, before keeping his cool to close out the opening set.

De Minaur refused to let up in the second, twice making inroads into the serve of the former world No.7 to reach the second round in Sydney for the second-straight year.

Earlier, Sydney-born Australian qualifier Aleksander Vukic pushed another Spanish star Feliciano Lopez before succumbing 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to the one-time world No.12.

Also watched by Lleyton Hewitt, as well as the great Tony Roche, Vukic stood within two points of victory during the second-set tiebreaker but was unable to pull off the biggest win of his career.

The future of Australian tennis is bright with Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur .
Only one of them progressed through to the second round of the Australian Open, but both Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur have shown Australia that the future of tennis is very bright indeed. 21-year-old Barty defeated the shrieking Aryna Sabalenka 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to book a second-round match with Italian Camila Giorgi, while 18-year-old De Minaur went down fighting against world no.20 Tomáš Berdych, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.Barty is currently Australia's equal highest ranked tennis player at 17th in the world, sharing that honour with the divisive Nick Kyrgios.

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