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

03:21  10 january  2018
03:21  10 january  2018 Source:   MSN

De Minaur upsets Verdasco in Sydney tennis

  De Minaur upsets Verdasco in Sydney tennis Australian teen sensation Alex de Minaur is through to the second round of the Sydney International after defeating Fernando Verdasco.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.

“ Winning the Australian Open Play-off last week was a big one for me,” De Minaur said. “We will have some seasoned players competing for the title here, the likes of Kei Nishikori, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.

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 .

Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates winning his match.© Chris Hyde/Getty Images Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates winning his match. 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.

"I played great today, I feel like I'm just riding this wave. I'm playing some great tennis, I really don't want it to stop," he said.

De Minaur will take on seventh seed and world number 30 Damir Dzumhur in the second round and is looking to draw inspiration from his success in Brisbane.

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.

De Minaur secured a place in the Australian Open by winning last month’s wildcard playoff. He will travel today to the Sydney International , where he faces Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the first round.

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 .

"[The Brisbane International run] helped me a lot with confidence. I really started to believe in my ability and I just come out to every single match and give it my all," he said.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley has been impressed with De Minaur's determination.

"Alex brings to the court what we want all our athletes to bring to the court — that grit, that toughness and desire, every single ball, every single point," Tiley said.

Australian Open 2018: Daunting match-up for Alex de Minaur

  Australian Open 2018: Daunting match-up for Alex de Minaur Gun Australian youngster Alex de Minaur has drawn a daunting opponent in the Australian Open first round – former top-10 player Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. De Minaur, in a rich vein of form in the lead-up to the first major of 2018, picked up a main draw spot after winning the Australian Open wildcard play-off last month.De Minaur has already marched into the Sydney International quarter-finals and the 18-year-old was due to play Feliciano Lopez in the final eight on Thursday night.Australia's best hope in the men's draw, Nick Kyrgios, will meet Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva.

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 a lot of fun to watch. He's a great kid off the court as well."

De Minaur's ranking rose from 208 to a career-high 167 after he advanced to the semi-final of the Brisbane International last week.

Tiley credits the teenager's mentor and Australian Davis Cup Team Captain, Lleyton Hewitt.

"If Alex keeps that game up and Lleyton keeps working with him and the other mentors and coach, I think he's in for a great future," he said.

De Minaur notched the biggest win of his career at the Brisbane International after he defeated former world number three Milos Raonic in straight sets to advance to the quarter-finals.

Following that stunning upset, the 18-year old paid tribute to Hewitt.

"It's honestly a dream come true having him on the sidelines. I still can't believe it," De Minaur said.

Like his mentor, De Minaur became the youngest Australian to reach an ATP World Tour semi-final since Hewitt in 2000.

Sydney International: Alex de Minaur through to semi-finals with win over Feliciano Lopez

  Sydney International: Alex de Minaur through to semi-finals with win over Feliciano Lopez Alex de Minaur continued his stellar 2018 form with a straight-sets win over Feliciano Lopez.Another day, another victim for 18-year-old Alex de Minaur, who has blasted his way into the Sydney International semi-finals after downing an opponent twice his age.

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 then went down to American Ryan Harrison in three sets, missing out on what would've been a dream final against Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios clinched the Brisbane title, and the world-number-17 sees similarities with De Minaur.

"I remember when I was a young chap and had no pressure on me, I was cleaning people up like he is," Kyrgios said on court at the Brisbane International.

"He's got a lot of good guys to guide him, obviously Lleyton and the team. He's unbelievable to watch, I think he's going to have a great year."

De Minaur was born in Australia before moving to Spain as child, where he spent most of his life.

He represented Spain but after returning to Australia six years ago, De Minaur wanted to play for his birth country because he felt a stronger connection.

"It's great to be home, I love it here," De Minaur said.

"I did a lot of training here when I was growing up, so this court really feels like home."

De Minaur made his grand slam debut at the 2017 Australian Open after receiving a wild card, where he progressed to the second round.

After securing another wildcard play-off at Melbourne Park next week, De Minaur is hoping to create more memorable moments.

Fittler sets coffee date with Aussie tennis ace .
Alex de Minaur's 'Blue Wall' cry was inspired by the NSW Blues and now the Aussie teenager is set to meet coach Brad Fittler for further inspiration.Fittler has organised a meeting with de Minaur following his impressive display at the Brisbane and Sydney International tournaments.

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