Alex de Minaur cruises into the second round of the Australian Open

Australian hopeful Alex de Minaur made short work of Yu Hsiou Hsu during the night session of a frustrating day in Melbourne.

After extreme heat and then an epic downpour halted the majority of matches across the afternoon and evening sessions, de Minaur made it his mission to put on a show in front of a raucous crowd as he sailed through to the second round.

The Aussie beat his Taiwanese opponent 6-2 6-2 6-3, to set up a match against either John Isner or Adrian Mannarino.

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Hsu had never beaten a top-100 player before, and the warning signs were there early when de Minaur scored the opening break at 2-1. It wasn’t long before the double break came either as the Aussie charged to the first set at lightning speed. 

This pattern repeated in the second, with de Minaur breaking Hsu’s serve at 3-2, before quickly compounding it with a double break to take a commanding two-set advantage.

The stormy weather saw the action briefly suspended in John Cain Arena while the roof was closed, but that was the only bump in the road for the impressive Aussie who eased past the qualifier.

In the end, it took the 23-year-old just over two hours to beat Hsu.

De Minaur will now attempt to make it through to the second week at the Australian Open for the second consecutive year. He is now the top-ranked local in the men’s draw following the bitterly disappointing withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios.

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