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

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.

Print. License article. Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals . Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has long been an admirer of de Minaur , and has done his best to fast-track the youngster 's progress over the past 18 months.

Print. License article. Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals . Awaiting de Minaur in Thursday's quarter final is either third-seed Diego Schwartzman or Feliciano Lopez.

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.

Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur

  Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur The youngest person to reach the Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt in 2000, 18-year-old Alex De Minaur has been given some words of wisdom by his Australian mentor. Set to contest his first ever ATP final against Russian Daniil Medvedev, De Minaur has started 2018 with a bang to defy his world no.187 ranking. © Sporting News Lleyton Hewitt, left, and Alex De Minaur. Hewitt, who won the Sydney International in 2000 as a teenager and again in 2001, has been keeping a close eye on De Minaur who's taken advice from Hewitt very much to heart.

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.

Australian teenager Alex De Minaur on his way to beating Milos Raonic at the Brisbane International.Source:AP. Hewitt has been a mentor for the Sydney -born, Spain-based teen whose tenacious playing style is Alex De Minaur !” The Aussie youngster soaks up the applause.

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."

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 books Brisbane International semi- final place after beating Michael Mmoh. The Sydney -born youngster , who has spent more than half his life living in Spain, had been around the Australian team as a hitting partner over the past 18 months and is yearning to stand on the big stage.

Aussie Alex De Minaur takes on Damir Dzumhur for a place in the quarter - finals of the Sydney International. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:45pm (AEDT). De Minaur ’s stock continues to rise courtesy of another impressive performance against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco

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.

Sydney International: Alex De Minaur falls at final hurdle as Daniil Medvedev wins first title .
Alex de Minaur's golden run was ended by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Sydney International final. Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev repelled a stirring Alex de Minaur fightback to win an enthralling Sydney International final on Saturday.The two hour, 12 minute epic marked the end of the de Minaur freight train at this tournament, Australia's newest superstar finally derailed by the iron-willed Russian 21-year-old, who led 4-0 in the final set before staving off an incredible fightback to land his maiden ATP tour title.


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