De Minaur through to first quarter final at US Open

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.


“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.”

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.