Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tennis: Australian teenager Alex De Minaur through which Brisbane semis


Australian wildcard Alex De Minaur has continued his fabulous run, booking a Brisbane International semi-final berth with the impressive 6-4 6-0 victory over American qualifier Michael Mmoh on Friday.

World No208 De Minaur, ranked 33 spots under his opponent, outmuscled 19-year-old Mmoh within the first set before cruising in the second in only 25 minutes to seal the win at Pat Rafter Arena.

The 18-year-old De Minaur booked a semi-final with the winner of Friday night’s clash between Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin and American Ryan Harrison.

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Sydney-born, Spain-based De Minaur was in reverse from his shock straight sets second round win over former world No3 Milos Raonic.

Asked how he felt after booking a semi-final berth, De Minaur said: “Just disbelief, really. There had been a lot of nerves stepping into this match, it had become a large chance of me. However i were only available here a little bit more level headed, had more of their time to spend time playing, and surely could play my best tennis.”

With mentor Lleyton Hewitt screaming encouragement courtside, De Minaur saved three break points within the sixth game to obtain his range and clinch the main that is set in 49 minutes that has a booming forehand winner.

The second set had been a blur as De Minaur dominated, thrashing 17 total winners to Mmoh’s nine.

De Minaur – with a Spanish mum and Uruguayan father – also feasted on Mmoh’s 26 unforced errors.

The loss ended a spirited run by Saudi Arabia-born and raised Mmoh, who’s the son of a Nigerian former tennis player as well as Irish-Australian nurse.

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