Atlanta | De Minaur sweats it out

Alex de Minaur survived the Georgia heat to storm into the Atlanta Open semi-finals by eventually brushing aside France’s Adrian Mannarino playing courtesy of a Lucky Loser ticket when he replaced Nick Kyrgiaos who withdrew with a bad knee.

It's not called Hotlanta for nothing, that's for sure, Alex de Minaur

The Australian third seed triumphed 4-6 6-3 6-0 in their quarter final which was played in the afternoon under a baking hot sun.

Seeking his first title of the year, De Minaur, the 2019 champion, will face in the semi, world No.53 Ilya Ivashka after he accounted for American Tommy Paul 6-2 3-6 6-1.

“It’s not called Hotlanta for nothing, that’s for sure,” De Minaur, world ranked 30, said.

“It’s definitely a hot one today. I had to absolutely battle, but jeez it feels good to get on top in these types of matches.

“Very proud of myself, very proud of my attitude. I didn’t give in and managed to fight until the end. I’m happy to live another day.”

The other semi-final pits fourth seed Francis Tiafoe against fellow American Jenson Brooksby, the sixth seed.

Tiafoe comfortably beat another countryman Brandon Nakashima 6-4 6-2 while Brooksby eliminated reigning and six-time Atlanta champion John Isner 3-6 6-1 6-4.



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