Henry Wancke | 3rd Jan 2018 | 1
Brisbane | De Minaur strikes again
The big news from the Brisbane International tournament is the straight sets dismissal of Milos Raonic playing his first match since October. The Canadian former world No3, lost at the hands of an 18-year-old Australian, Alex De Minaur, ranked 208.
I’m lost for words. It’s honestly crazy.Alex De Minaur
The teenager beat his big-serving opponent 6-4 6-4 securing the victory in 94-minutes to claim the biggest scalp of his career.
Raonic, currently ranked at 24, was clearly rusty in his first match making 18 costly unforced errors to just one while De Minaur, playing his aggressive game in Lleyton Hewitt style, made the most of the errors which came off the Canadian’s racket to reach his first quarter-final on the ATP Tour.
De Minaur couldn’t quite take in his success. “I honestly can’t believe it,’ he said on court. ‘It’s going to take a while for me to believe what’s happened just now.
“I’m lost for words. It’s honestly crazy.
“I was going to come out here, compete my hardest and give it my all and I actually ended up playing an unbelievable match.”
In the last eight he will face another teenager, Saudi Arabian-born American qualifier Michael Mmoh,19, who upset Germany’s 8th seed Mischa Zverev 6-2 5-7 6-4 earlier in the day. It was Mmoh’s only second win on the main tour.