Following an injury and a complete loss of form due to an injury, the young Aussie Alex de Minaur has found the winning formula on grass, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 27 minutes for only the second triumph after Acapulco.
Alex prevailed over Andreas in the final in Sydney back in January when he won the first ATP title, delivering a solid performance on both serve and return to secure the place in the last eight. The youngster saved two out of three break points, stealing Seppi's serve thrice from eight opportunities to stay in contention.
From 3-0 up in the first set, de Minaur lost the advantage and had to work hard before taking a return game at 6-5 that brought the opener to him. Set number two offered eight commanding holds and loose service game from Andreas that would cost him dearly, falling 3-1 behind and never getting the opportunity to pull it back by the end of the match as Alex served too good.
Jordan Thompson will play in the fourth ATP quarter-final of the season, ousting the 6th seed Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-2 in swift 66 minutes, saving two out of three break points and taking almost half of the return points to store four breaks from five chances and advance without spending more time on the court.
The rivals traded breaks at the beginning of the match before Jordan took three straight games at 3-3, shifting into a higher rhythm and delivering a break in game eight that earned the set for him in the end. Everything was based around Thompson in the second set, serving well and breaking Frances in the first and fifth games, avenging Acapulco defeat earlier this year.
In the match of the day, the 2nd seed with a wild card Borna Coric ousted an in-form Taylor Fritz 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 42 minutes, firing 14 aces and erasing three out of four break points, showing his quality in the most critical points to cross the finish line first.
After nine brilliant holds, Taylor found the way to keep Borna under pressure on serve in game ten of the opener, breaking the Croat for a 6-4 and hoping for a similar outcome in set number two as well. Instead of that, Borna grabbed two breaks in set number two and got the win with another one in game four of the decider, defending his serve nicely and hitting the fifth quarter-final of the year, playing for the first time as the Croatian no. 1.