Australia’s Alex de Minaur has surged past big serving Canadian Vasek Pospisil, the world no. 94. The final score was 7-6(6) 6-3 6-2.
de Minaur ranked at no. 28 faced four set points in the opening set tiebreak coming from 2-6 behind.
In the second set de Minaur broke for the first time in the match to move ahead 3-1, he held then broke again for 5-1. Pospisil managed to get one break back before the Australian closed out the set.
de Minaur broke to love in the third game of the third set to take control and he broke again for 5-2 after a long game with four deuces.
The Australian then served out the match.
“I’m obviously very happy,” De Minaur said. “This is where I want to be, and this is where I truly believe I belong – second weeks of Slams and going deep. I’m happy I’m finally at this stage.”
“He’s very quick and what’s most impressive is he never breathes. He runs side to side and he’s never out of breath. He defies the laws of biology,” Pospisil said before the match. “It’s pretty impressive. He’s definitely a freak of nature and he’s extremely fit, never gets tired, runs side to side incredibly fast.”
Next for de Minaur is a quarterfinal match against the second seed Dominic Thiem. The Austrian leads the head-to-head 2-0. The pair met in the first round of the 2017 US Open with Thiem comfortably claiming a three set victory.