Alex de Minaur's staggering act of revenge in US Open victory

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Alex de Minaur cruised through to the third round of the US Open with a ruthless revenge win against Cristian Garin. Pic: Getty
Alex de Minaur cruised through to the third round of the US Open with a ruthless revenge win against Cristian Garin. Pic: Getty

Alex de Minaur has avenged his Wimbledon defeat against Cristian Garin with a ruthless display in their US Open second round match on Wednesday in New York.

The Aussie powered into the last 32 at Flushing Meadows for the fourth time in five visits, courtesy of a thumping 6-3 6-0 4-6 6-2 victory.

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Apart from a third set lull in which the 23-year-old let his Chilean opponent back into the contest, it was a brutal statement from Australia's 18th seed.

De Minaur could have been excused for having revenge on the mind after he squandered a two-sets-to-love lead and a match point, to go down to Garin in the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this year.

That soul-crushing defeat at the All England Club was among the most toughest of de Minaur's career and the Aussie admitted this week that he wanted atonement in New York.

De Minaur wasted no time going to work in what proved to be a merciless act of cold-blooded revenge.

Clearly shaken by Garin's spirited Wimbledon comeback, when the South American played lights out for the last two and a half sets, de Minaur was intent from the outset of the return bout to set the record straight.

From 3-3 in the opening set, de Minaur turned the screws to reel off nine straight games and take a stranglehold on the match.

De Minaur, though, had to quickly regroup after dropping four consecutive games to concede the third set.

But that only made his victory more satisfying as he exorcised the demons of Wimbledon with a steely fourth set.

"I'm very happy with my level, but probably the happiest with how I was mentally. That, for me, was very important coming into the match and how I dealt with the circumstances," de Minaur said.

"Yeah, happy to get through another match. That's what I'm so proud of, that I was able to bounce back and not let it affect me.

"I easily could have started thinking about what happened in Wimby, being two sets to love up and kind of letting that one escape away from me.

"But I kind of knuckled down, stuck to my weapons and my tactics and what I wanted to do. I was able to go on top on the third and play some great tennis to finish it off."

Seen here, Australia's Alex de Minaur plays a forehand against Chilean Cristian Garin in their second round match at the US Open.
Australia's Alex de Minaur plays a forehand against Chilean Cristian Garin in their second round match at the US Open. Pic: Getty

De Minaur next plays Spain's 12th seed and two-time US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday (Saturday AEST) for a place in the fourth round.

Carreno Busta also reigned last month in Montreal, leaving de Minaur on guard.

"He's obviously playing some great tennis. A very tough match. It's going to be a battle," he said.

"I'm looking forward to it. Third round of US Open playing against a quality opponent who's proven himself here.

"I'm just hopefully ready for the battle."

Andy Murray through to third round

Meantime, Andy Murray survived an early scare to beat American wildcard Emilio Nava 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0, moving into the third round of a grand slam for only the second time in five years.

Nava, the world No.203 who had knocked out Australian John Millman in the first round, showed he belonged further up the ladder with his confident shot-making on Wednesday, winning the big points to take a gruelling first set in 84 minutes.

Pictured here, Andy Murray celebrates his win over Emilio Nava in the second round of the US Open.
Andy Murray celebrates his win over Emilio Nava in the second round of the US Open. Pic: Getty

Ten years since he won his maiden grand slam at Flushing Meadows, Murray struggled with his first serve but, always happy to graft in slams, broke the inexperienced Nava twice in the second set to level the match after the American made several unforced errors.

That fuelled the former World No.1 as he suddenly found his range on serve, tearing through the third set as Nava failed to sustain his levels from the opener and began to fade, giving the resolute Scot the advantage.

With Nava on the ropes, Murray was ruthless with two early breaks to go 4-0 up.

Nava nearly got on the board in the fifth game but the 35-year-old Murray stood firm to break again before serving out the set.

Murray will next meet 13th seed Matteo Berrettini after last year's Wimbledon finalist beat Hugo Grenier 2-6 6-1 7-6 7-6.

with AAP

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