De Minaur cruises into Antalya quarters

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Alex de Minaur has continued his impressive start to 2021, breezing into the quarter-finals at the Antalya Open.

Australia's No.1 cruised to a 6-3 6-1 victory over Bulgarian qualifier Adrian Andreev on Saturday in 70 minutes.

In his opening match of the tournament, De Minaur needed just 61 minutes to defeat Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-2 6-1.

In their first ever meeting, world No.23 de Minaur was solid with ball in hand winning 72 per cent of his first serves.

And he was deadly on return breaking his 19-year-old opponent, ranked 564 in the world, six times from 12 opportunities.

The fourth seed in Turkey is aiming to add a fourth ATP Tour title on hard courts to his resume. During a breakthrough 2019 campaign, De Minaur claimed his first three tour-level crowns in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai.

The 21-year-old from Sydney will face sixth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the last eight after the Georgian recorded a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Turkish wildcard Altug Celikbilek in 91 minutes.

Elsewhere, Fabio Fognini beat Czech qualifier Michael Vrbensky 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in one hour and 39 minutes and will next challenge France's Jeremy Chardy, who defeated Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3 6-4.

World No.10 and top seed Matteo Berrettini disposed of Turkish wildcard Ergi Kirkin 6-0 6-4 in just 56 minutes, while serving down eight aces and winning 24 of 26 first-service points.

The Italian will next face Bulgarian qualifier Dimitar Kuzmanov, who led 6-1 3-2 when Serbia's Laslo Djere had to retire with an eye inflammation.