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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:   smh.com.au

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.

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.

Alex De Minaur celebrates beating Feliciano Lopez to reach the last four in Sydney . But De Minaur proved too steady, winning 6-4 6-4 to become the youngest male The popular Argentinian did not face a break point in a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory over Russian Karen Khachanov to reach the semi - finals .

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.

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.

Alex De Minaur 's giant killing spree has continued, this time taking down world no.36 Feliciano Lopez to send him to the Sydney International semi - final . MORE: 2018 Australian Open draw: Men and women's schedule, seedings, how the Aussies fared.

Australian teen sensation Alex De Minaur ’s sizzling summer has continued with an upset win over Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Sydney International . Less than a week after reaching the semifinals in Brisbane, 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.

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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