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

14:54  11 january  2018
14:54  11 january  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

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.

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

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

Alex de Minaur has a tough first round clash in the Australian Open.© AAP Alex de Minaur has a tough first round clash in the Australian Open. 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. Kyrgios is the solitary Australian men's seed but narrowly misses out on a coveted top-16 seeding by one place.

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.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates a win in his match against Alex Bolt of Australia during the Australian Open December Showdown at Melbourne Park on December 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia .

Alex De Minaur earns his passage into Australian Open 2018 . “I’m really looking forward to it (playing Australian Open 2018 ). I think I’m a better player all round – physically and mentally (compared with 12 months ago).

It's a tough assignment for Australia's second-ranked man, Matthew Ebden, who plays big-serving John Isner while countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis has a tricky assignment against Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Another Australian in the main draw, John Millman, plays Croatia's Borna Coric.

Six-time winner Novak Djokovic faces early challenges in his return to the circuit.

Djokovic, in the unfamiliar surrounds as the 14th seed after not playing at all since Wimbledon, meets American Donald Young. But beyond that, Gael Monfils, looms in the second round.

Sydney International: Alex De Minaur falls at final hurdle as Daniil Medvedev wins first title

  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.

The 2018 Australian Open : Who Will Prevail in Melbourne? December 18, 2017 103. Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur continued their fine form with respective victories over Alexandr Dolgopolov and Michael Mmoh on Friday afternoon. […]

This ATP match up featuring Alex De Minaur vs Fernando Verdasco is scheduled to commence at 09:00 UK 13:30 IST. Alex De Minaur vs Ryan Harrison Tennis Live Stream – 06-Jan – ATP Brisbane – Brisbane International. January 6, 2018 .

Ashleigh Barty (18) and Daria Gavrilova (23) are the two Australian women to enjoy the protection of a seeding.

Barty, who raced up the rankings in 2017, confronts Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, while Gavrilova will play a qualifier.

Veteran Australian Sam Stosur has a dangerous assignment against Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

But it's even worse for young Australian Destanee Aiava, who drew world No.1 Simona Halep.

The men's and women's events at Melbourne Park are both missing two of their top-32 players.

Defending champion Serena Williams and Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova aren't featuring at the Open, with five-time runner-up Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori unable to compete on the men's side.

The withdrawal of Williams and unseeded star Victoria Azarenka means only two Australian Open champions feature in the women's draw – 2008 winner Maria Sharapova and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.



FIRST ROUND MATCHES TO WATCH:

MEN'S

David Ferrer (Spain) versus Andrey Rublev (Russia)

Kevin Anderson (South Africa) v Kyle Edmund (Great Britain)

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) v Fernando Verdasco (Spain)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v Donald Young (USA)

Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) v Daniil Medvedev (Russia)


WOMEN'S

Simona Halep (Romania) v  Destanee Aiava (Australia)

Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) v Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)

Venus Williams (USA) v Belinda Bencic (Switzerland)

Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) v Francesca Schiavone (Italy)

Sam Stosur (Australia) v Monica Puig (Puerto Rico)

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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.

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