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

05:16  12 january  2018
05:16  12 january  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Aussie Alex De Minaur is eyeing his second ATP semi - final in as many weeks when he plays Spaniard Feliciano Lopez tonight.

Alex de Minaur is through to the Sydney International quarter finals after Damir Dzumhur was forced to retire. 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

Riding the crest of a wave: Australian teenager Alex de Minaur on Thursday night.© AAP Riding the crest of a wave: Australian teenager Alex de Minaur on Thursday night.

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.

The man dubbed "The Demon" overpowered Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4 late on Thursday night, booking a final-four showdown with Benoit Paire of France and moving a step closer to a maiden title.

His seemingly unstoppable wave of momentum gathered further steam in a brilliant performance on a rocking Ken Rosewall Arena, only hours after drawing world No.20 Tomas Berdych as his first-round Australian Open assignment.

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.

His latest victory came against Feliciano Lopez , a player twice De Minaur 's age who made his ATP Tour debut before the Sydney youngster was even born. But De Minaur proved too steady, winning 6-4 6-4 to become the youngest male semi - finalist at the event in nearly 30 years.

The Sydney local, who made the Brisbane International semi - finals last week, will now await the winner of Feliciano Lopez and third seed Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the last four. In contrast to his victory over Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday, De Minaur dictated proceedings against the

De Minaur entered the match as the youngest Sydney quarter-finalist since mentor Lleyton Hewitt won the title in 2000 and delighted the Davis Cup captain watching on from the stands.

"How good is this? This is what you play for," de Minaur said after backing up his run to the semi-finals at last week's Brisbane International..

"I'm really proud of my effort today. It was definitely a big thing. I tried to return everything I could, just try to apply constant pressure on his serve. That way I could get myself in the point and try to dictate from there."

De Minaur wasn't afraid to run into the net on occasion either, leaving 36-year-old Lopez bereft of answers against a man who wasn't even born when he turned professional in 1997.

But it was de Minaur's consistent return of serve against the Spaniard, whose 210-plus kilometre-per-hour serves continually came back at him with interest, that was the most telling factor.

What the Sydney-born youngster lacks in power from his 69-kilogram frame he makes up for in placement and tenacity, much like his Hewitt used to do.

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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