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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

De Minaur's Brisbane QF opponent decided


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Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur was on a collision course with Rafael Nadal before the Spanish great pulled out of the Australian Open warm-up with a thigh strain on Wednesday. Now he will face French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Former world No.5 Tsonga booked a final eight showdown with de Minaur after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory.

World No.77 Daniel got a late call-up into the main draw after top seed Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament with a thigh strain.

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With expectations high de Minaur will have his best Australian Open campaign after breaking out last year, a hit-out with Nadal would have given the 19-year-old a strong indication of his prospects.

De Minaur has never faced Tsonga, now ranked 239, but described him as "one of those guys you watch a lot on TV".

"I'll be keeping a close eye on what's to come there and just, come Friday, be ready to play who's in front of me," de Minaur said.

Should he progress, a final-four clash with top-20 players Milos Raonic or Dimitri Medvedev awaits.

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Murray admits he was "exploited"

Andy Murray admits fourth-seed Daniil Medvedev was able to exploit his lack of fitness during his second-round Brisbane International loss.

Former world No.1 Murray's Australian Open preparation was dealt a blow with the 7-5 6-2 loss on Wednesday as he continues to battle a long-term hip injury.

Murray, who won his first game since September in beating Australian James Duckworth in the first round, put up a competitive first set against Medvedev in which he responded to being broken in the third game by breaking back five games later.

But the resistance would not last much longer as the Russian took another break at 5-5.

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The second set was more one-sided, with Medvedev not looking back from a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the match in an hour and 23 minutes.

"If you're not serving as well, or if you're not moving as well, the better players exploit that," Murray said.

"He is a top player and is able to do that.

"So I need to try and find a way of working out how to get around some of the things I struggle with a little bit now, and I'll try to do that."

Sasnovich bounces Svitolina

Top seed Elina Svitolina's Brisbane International title defence is over after she crashed out in a three-set loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

In a re-match of last year's final, world No.30 Sasnovich took out the second-round match 6-4 0-6 6-3 after ambushing the Ukranian's serve at Pat Rafter Arena on Wednesday.

World No.4 Svitolina was afforded a first-round bye and she came out rusty, winning just 35 per cent of points on her second serve in the first set.

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The Ukrainian looked like restoring order when she dominated the second by breathing life into her service game.

But the revival was short-lived as her Belarusian opponent broke in the third game of the decider and again for match point to exact revenge for being convincingly beaten in the final last year.

Sasnovich will face Croatian Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals.

Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur was on a collision course with Rafael Nadal before the Spanish great pulled out of the Australian Open warm-up with a thigh strain on Wednesday. Now he will face French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Former world No.5 Tsonga booked a final eight showdown with de Minaur after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory.

World No.77 Daniel got a late call-up into the main draw after top seed Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament with a thigh strain.

https://twitter.com/SamGrothTennis/status/1080658688287813632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

With expectations high de Minaur will have his best Australian Open campaign after breaking out last year, a hit-out with Nadal would have given the 19-year-old a strong indication of his prospects.

De Minaur has never faced Tsonga, now ranked 239, but described him as "one of those guys you watch a lot on TV".

"I'll be keeping a close eye on what's to come there and just, come Friday, be ready to play who's in front of me," de Minaur said.

Should he progress, a final-four clash with top-20 players Milos Raonic or Dimitri Medvedev awaits.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1080424389726822400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Murray admits he was "exploited"

Andy Murray admits fourth-seed Daniil Medvedev was able to exploit his lack of fitness during his second-round Brisbane International loss.

Former world No.1 Murray's Australian Open preparation was dealt a blow with the 7-5 6-2 loss on Wednesday as he continues to battle a long-term hip injury.

Murray, who won his first game since September in beating Australian James Duckworth in the first round, put up a competitive first set against Medvedev in which he responded to being broken in the third game by breaking back five games later.

But the resistance would not last much longer as the Russian took another break at 5-5.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1080414508638556160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The second set was more one-sided, with Medvedev not looking back from a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the match in an hour and 23 minutes.

"If you're not serving as well, or if you're not moving as well, the better players exploit that," Murray said.

"He is a top player and is able to do that.

"So I need to try and find a way of working out how to get around some of the things I struggle with a little bit now, and I'll try to do that."

Sasnovich bounces Svitolina

Top seed Elina Svitolina's Brisbane International title defence is over after she crashed out in a three-set loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

In a re-match of last year's final, world No.30 Sasnovich took out the second-round match 6-4 0-6 6-3 after ambushing the Ukranian's serve at Pat Rafter Arena on Wednesday.

World No.4 Svitolina was afforded a first-round bye and she came out rusty, winning just 35 per cent of points on her second serve in the first set.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1080447113077485569?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Ukrainian looked like restoring order when she dominated the second by breathing life into her service game.

But the revival was short-lived as her Belarusian opponent broke in the third game of the decider and again for match point to exact revenge for being convincingly beaten in the final last year.

Sasnovich will face Croatian Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals.

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