AUSTRALIAN young gun Alex De Minaur is through to his first quarter final at a Grand Slam after defeating Vasek Pospisil in the fourth round of the US Open.
The 21-year-old defeated the Canadian in straight sets 7-6(6) 6-3 6-2 to become the first Australian to reach the quarter finals at the US Open since John Millman in 2018.
After the match, De Minaur admitted winning the first set tie-break was crucial in his performance.
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“I think it was just a couple of things going his way and then my way,” he said.
“I went down 6-2 but I don’t think I played a bad tiebreak I was just unlucky here and there.
“I just tried to stay calm, do my thing.”
Like a man possessed. 😈
The Demon steamrolls his way into his first Grand Slam QF. pic.twitter.com/ZX8OqOwcxm
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2020
The 21st seed will face tough opponents in his next match, coming up against either number two seed Dominic Thiem of Austria or 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The draw did open up significantly for the Australian yesterday after world number one Novak Djokovic was sensationally disqualified from the event for hitting a ball at the throat of an line judge during his match.
Fellow champions Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal opted not to come to Flushing Meadows amid the COVID crisis.