Alex de Minaur has stored his hopes alive of a profitable defence of his Eastbourne Worldwide title, defeating Lorenzo Sonego in a repeat of final yr’s remaining to maneuver into the quarter-finals.
Australia’s No.1 made lighter work of beating the Italian this time as he carved out a snug 7-6 (7-3) victory on Wednesday on the conventional remaining pre-Wimbledon occasion within the southern English seaside city.
In final yr’s remaining, de Minaur solely secured his triumph in a final-set tiebreak however he had fewer issues taming Sonego as he broke the Italian’s serve thrice en path to his victory in simply over an hour and a half.
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The Sydneysider, seeded six at Eastbourne, was himself damaged simply as soon as and he was quickly to take pleasure in even higher information that he’ll face a last-eight assembly with American Tommy Paul, moderately than No.2 seed Jannik Sinner, who seems to have his quantity.
Paul earned a shock 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Sinner, who’s one in all de Minaur’s bogey gamers.
The Italian has crushed his former NextGen rival 4 straight occasions already of their profession however, in distinction, the Australian may have fewer fears taking part in Paul, having crushed him on the exhausting courts of Indian Wells and the clay of Rome already this season.
However the American is clearly having fun with the grass-court vibe, having crushed one other huge title after placing paid to Denis Shapovalov and Stan Wawrinka at Queen’s.
Hopes that Australia would possibly see a second man attain the last-eight rapidly foundered as Kazakh Alexander Bublik loved one in all his ‘on’ days as he defeated John Millman 6-4 6-2.
Bublik will subsequent face Taylor Fritz within the quarters, with the winner to satisfy both de Minaur or Paul.
It had been an encouraging show from world No.24 de Minaur, who went to his highest-career rating of No.15 after profitable this occasion this time final yr however has discovered the going a lot tougher over the previous 12 months with setbacks which included a debilitating COVID-19 break.