De Minaur and Mmoh score upset wins in Brisbane Open

Elias Hubbard
January 6, 2018

De Minaur, ranked 208th in the world, had made the quarter-finals after defeating Milos Raonic, who has been ranked as high as number three, 6-4, 6-4 in a stunning upset on Wednesday night.

16/1/17 Australia's Alex De Minaur reacts during the Men's singles first round match against Austria's Gerald Melzer.

Cheered on by Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, the 18-year-old survived three break points before sealing the first set in 49 minutes.

Standing just two points away from his first career final, De Minaur committed a string of errors, including a double fault to concede a set point to Harrison, allowing the world number 47 back into the match.

But world No.47 Harrison - ranked 161 spots higher than the Sydney-born, Spain-based de Minaur - showed his experience to book a showdown against the victor of Saturday's semi-final between third seed Nick Kyrgios and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

Kyrgios, who took a medical timeout while trailing 4-5 in the opening set, received treatment again two games later and struggled to find his feet as Ebden edged the tiebreaker.

Heading into the final, Kyrgios has a 2-0 head-to-head advantage with Harrison yet to take a set off the Australian.

"There were a lot of nerves coming into this match, it was a big opportunity for me", said De Minaur.

"I've been training here for so long and training on center court, it kind of didn't feel like a match". I knew it was going to be a tough day today.

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