In a night of firsts de Minaur slays the giant to help Australia advance to semis

Australia’s Alex de Minaur has had a massive win over world no. 1 Novak Djokovic at the United Cup.

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The Australian’s opening match win setup his team to advance to the semifinals.

de Minaur didn’t face a single break point on his way to a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

It is the first time de Minaur has defeated a world no. 1, it also ended Djokovic’s 40+ win streak in Australia.

It was Djokovic’s first defeat in Australia since he fell to Hyeon Chung in the quarter-finals at the 2018 Australian Open.

“It’s extra special,” De Minaur said of the win. “Novak is an unbelievable competitor and what he’s done for the sport is pretty special. It feels surreal, amazing, and I’m very happy to do it here in Perth and Australia.

“When you go up against Novak you have to go out and enjoy it and back yourself and no matter what keep fighting until the end. Today was my day and I’m happy that I was able to get the win.”

Djokovic went into the match with a right wrist issue and wasn’t at the top of his form, but you have to give credit to de Minaur, Djokovic has won Grand Slam titles when playing through injuries.

Ajla Tomljanovic had the opportunity to book Australia’s place in the semis when she faced Natalija Stevanovic, ranked No. 184 who was called on to step in for Olga Danilovic.

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Stevanovic initially troubled the Australian with her unusual forehand slice, however Tomljanovic settle in and claimed a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Storm Hunter and Matt Ebden completed the clean sweep with their third straight United Cup mixed doubles win.

The West Australian duo saw off Dejana Radanovic and Nikola Cacic 6-3 6-3.

“Super nice to come out after we already won after an incredible performances by these two,” Ebden said. “Made our job really easy.”

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