Australia’s top player, Alex de Mianur, successfully launched his American hardcourt campaign at the Atlanta Open in Georgia, but at the expense of his countryman James Duckworth.
Following a first-round bye, De Minaur, seeded three for the event, made light work of his compatriot ranked 62, taking just 82-minutes to clinch a 6-4 6-4 victory.
It was De Minaur’s 28th win of the season and moves him into his fifth tour-level quarter final for 2022, where he’ll face Lucky Loser Adrian Mannarino of France ranked world No.78 who replaced Nick Kyrgios following the Aussies withdrawal from the singles with a knee injury, though he is still very much involved in the doubles with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis.
De Minaur and Mannarino have only faced each other twice before with a win each their last meeting being on grass last month which went to the 34-year-old Frenchman.
The winner will go on to face the winner of the match between Ilya Ivashka and America’s Steve Johnson who replaced the top seeded Reilly Opelka,
The bottom half of the draw is dominated by Americans with Brandon Nakashima, seeded 8, facing Frances Tiafoe, the fourth seed while John Isner, the second favourite and five time Atlanta winner, takes on the fast rising Jenson Brooksby.
In men’s doubles action, Jason Kubler and John Peers won another all-Australian battle against Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.
The unseeded Kubler and Peers posted a 4-6 7-6(0) [10-6] quarter final victory to snap fourth-seeded Ebden and Purcell’s seven-match winning streak.
This propels 29-year-old Kubler into his first ATP-level doubles semi-final, where American wildcards Christopher Eubanks and Mackenzie McDonald await.
Meanwhile, the Special K’s (Kokkinakis and Kyrgios) are also through to the semi-finals after beating Gonzalo Escobar (Ecuador) and Hunter Reese (USA) 6-4 7-6(3).