Sport Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals

13:25  10 january  2018
13:25  10 january  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

Teen De Minaur stuns Raonic in Brisbane

  Teen De Minaur stuns Raonic in Brisbane Alex De Minaur has scored the biggest win of his young career with a straight-sets upset of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.The 18-year-old wildcard muzzled the Canadian's powerful service game to prevail 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday night and score by far the biggest win of his burgeoning career.

Alex de Minaur is through to the Sydney International quarter finals after Damir Dzumhur was forced to retire. Alex de Minaur is in fine form before the Australian Open.

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.

Stretch: Alex de Minaur.© AAP Stretch: Alex de Minaur. Alex de Minaur's irresistible surge continued on Wednesday as he marched into the Sydney International quarter finals at the expense of World No 30 Damir Dzumhur, who retired midway through the second set.

Dzumhur pulled the pin down 6-2 3-0, having required treatment on his left hamstring while down 4-1 in the first set. The Bosnian seventh seed grabbed at his hamstring at the completion of an earlier point before being treated on the side of the court.

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's 'Blue Wall' behind Raonic win

  De Minaur's 'Blue Wall' behind Raonic win Rising Aussie tennis star Alex De Minaur has revealed the meaning behind the 'Blue Wall' catch cry he bellowed after beating Milos Raonic on Wednesday night. Alex De Minaur has credited Lleyton Hewitt and the NSW State of Origin team for providing the inspiration for his stunning Brisbane International victory over Milos Raonic.De Minaur shocked the big Canadian 6-4 6-4 in their second-round clash on Wednesday night to book a quarter-final match-up with another young gun on the rise, American qualifier Michael Mmoh.

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. smh.com.au.

Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals . From the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot program designed for very young children through to elite tournament players, all your coaching needs are well catered for.

He'll now look to continue his stellar run in Thursday's quarter final against Feliciano Lopez, which follows on from his deep run in the Brisbane International and last month's Australian Open wildcard playoff victory.

"I always knew I had the level, but I didn't think I had the belief," de Minaur said.

"Now I've got that belief in me that I can go toe to toe with lots of guys out there. So I'm going into every match, you know, believing in myself and believing in my ability.

"The Australian wildcard playoff, that's when I first thought that my level was in really good nick. I did not drop concentration at all during that whole tournament, I have just been able to keep that level going throughout the whole Australian summer.

Alex de Minaur is in fine form before the Australian Open.© AAP Alex de Minaur is in fine form before the Australian Open. "I'm enjoying every second of it. It's great. I'm playing some unbelievable tennis, and, you know, I just want to keep it going, really."

Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison

  Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison <p>The 18-year-old De <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="3" id="3">Minaur,</g> ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.</p>The 18-year-old De Minaur, ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.

It's the mental side of his game that de Minaur believes has underpinned a sensational start to 2018.

At just 69kg dripping wet, de Minaur prefers the refuge of the baseline during the majority of his points yet he boasts a power game usually not present in a man of his weight division.

But it's his composure which outshines his years, an iron-willed mental capacity that has him determined to win every point and protects him from the pressure of an expectant home crowd on centre court.

De Minaur employs a series of breathing exercises during tennis matches, to which he attributes his rapid rise in 2018.

"You know, breathing helps a lot, I think it's more about just trying to win every point...not letting go because of the scoreline or anything, you have to play every point and try to win every point," de Minaur said.

"That's what I'm trying to do when I'm out there on court, and it's really helped me to stay on my opponents both physically and mentally.

"I take a couple of deep breaths, I'll focus on what I want to do in that game, go through every single point.

"It's been working for me. That's some work I have been doing with a psychologist back in Spain. He's always told me to do it, and now I'm finally doing it.

"Now I realise how much better my game is, thanks to those simple techniques."

Earlier on Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi pulled off the biggest upset in the men's draw so far, brushing aside Spanish top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 7-5 in the second round.

The world number 22 required treatment for a leg issue in the second set, but returned to the court only to fall to his 36-year-old opponent.

Lorenzi will now play qualifier Daniil Medvedev for a place in the semi-finals after the Russian proved too good for American Jared Donaldson.

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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