Dwelling favorite Alex de Minaur equalled his greatest outcome on the Australian Open Saturday when he cruised previous Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-1 to achieve the fourth spherical for a second consecutive 12 months.
After profitable a decent first set, during which he twice squandered break benefits, the Australian pulled away, committing simply 12 unforced errors within the second and third units mixed to seal victory after two hours and 10 minutes.
Together with his fourth victory of the season, De Minaur now leads Bonzi 3-0 of their ATP Head2Head collection. He’ll look to maintain his run going when he takes on nine-time champion Novak Djokovic or twenty seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov within the fourth spherical.
The 23-year-old’s greatest outcome at a significant got here on the US Open in 2020, when he superior to the quarter-finals.
De Minaur’s countryman Alexei Popyrin meets #NextGenATP American Ben Shelton afterward Saturday. If Popyrin wins, it is going to be the primary time since 2015 that two Australian males have reached the fourth spherical in Melbourne. Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios achieved the feat eight years in the past.
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