De Minaur's career first sets up blockbuster match

Alex de Minaur has won through to the round of 16 at an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in his burgeoning career.

The young Australian backed up his win over Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Tuesday with a thumping win over French veteran Benoit Paire at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

De Minaur landed 75 per cent of his first serves in the 6-4 6-3 win.

He will face fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the third round, where he has joined fellow Aussie Matt Ebden.

Ebden registered the biggest win of his 13-year professional career to get there, downing world No.7 Dominic Thiem in the second round.

Alex de Minaur has won through to the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters. Pic: Getty

In the middle of a breakout season at 30 years of age, Ebden hung tough to beat the French Open finalist 6-4 6-7 (10-8) 7-6 (7-4).

Ebden twice came within two points of the match in the second set but it was his recovery from failing to serve out the contest in the decider that spoke most about his resilience.

After breaking the Austrian’s serve to lead 6-5, Ebden had a match point only to lose it when Thiem struck flukey let cord.

He handed back the break but steeled himself for the tiebreaker, leading from start to finish to claim it and the match.

He’ll now take on German Peter Gojowczyk for a spot in the quarter-finals, another win likely to propel him into the world’s top 40 for the first time in his career.

with AAP