De Minaur advances to semi-finals of Atlanta Open — ATP

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2019

Alex de Minaur outlasted big-serving American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Atlanta Open for the first time. "I got here to come, play some good tennis, and ended up with the win", De Minaur told the ATP website.

"I hope Bernard gets better and recovers, and hopefully he's all good for the next tournament". The 20-year-old broke Tomic three times before the World No. 106 retired.The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals runner-up has had to spend just 108 minutes on court in Atlanta to reach the semi-finals. "A good buddy of mine, we've actually been grabbing dinner together the past few nights", de Minaur said.

De Minaur may have produced just five aces, but he was impressive on serve - winning 45 of 47 points on which he put his first serve in play and never facing a break point in a match lasting two hours and 28 minutes.

However, second-seeded West Australian Matt Ebden eased into the quarter-finals with victory over Serbia's Lukas Lacko 7-5 7-6 (7-4).

Tomic, 26, called for the trainer at the end of the first set - seemingly indicating he felt pain in his torso when serving - and eventually decided he could not continue any more.

De Minaur now advances to his first semi final since he won the Sydney International to face Reilly Opelka.

American second seed Fritz, meanwhile, saw off Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 7-6 (7-1) thanks to 11 aces and no break points faced.

"I'm pumped to get through that".

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