'Exceptional': Alex de Minaur masterclass leaves tennis fans in awe

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Pictured here, Alex de Minaur yells in triumph during his Australian Open second round win.
Alex de Minaur was impressive in his straight sets win in the second round of the Australian Open. Pic: Getty

Alex de Minaur has steamrolled his way into the third round of the Australian Open with a clinical straight sets win on Thursday night.

Australia's top-ranked male player set up a third-round meeting with Fabio Fognini after beating Uruguay's world No.71 Pablo Cuevas on Margaret Court Arena.

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It was a clinical display from De Minaur whose win equal's the 21st seed's best-ever run at his home grand slam.

De Minaur was on song as he breezed through the opening two sets, before hitting a slight snag in the third.

Cuevas broke the Aussie and looked as if he was on course to pull a set back from the 21-year-old.

However, De Minaur drew on his trademark fighting spirit to halt the Uruguayan's momentum, eventually taking the third set 7-5 to seal his spot in the next round.

The impressive performance left De Minaur's legion of fans delighted on social media.

Fiery Italian awaits Aussie star

De Minaur now faces a tricky third round clash against fiery Italian Fognini, who came through a five-set thriller against countryman Salvatore Caruso that ended in dramatic circumstances.

Fognini battled back from 1-5 down in the fifth set tiebreak, before finishing with a wet sail to keep his Australian Open campaign alive.

The drama was far from over after Fognini's epic 4-6 6-2 2-6 6-3 7-6 (14/12) victory, with both men engaging in a slanging match immediately afterwards.

The two players traded verbal barbs in Italian, with the heated exchange providing an ugly end to a gripping contest.

Fognini and Caruso eventually had to be separated by security after their argument dragged on for more than a minute after the final point.

with AAP

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