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Brisbane | De Minaur strikes again

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.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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