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De Minaur scores top-20 victory to reach fourth round at Rome Masters | 13 May, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

De Minaur scores top-20 victory to reach fourth round at Rome Masters | 13 May, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Rome, Italy , 13 May 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Alex de Minaur is enjoying a memorable run at the Italian Open, where he has advanced to the fourth round for the first time.

The 25-year-old Australian staged a stirring come-from-behind victory at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome today, edging out Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in an epic three-hour encounter.

De Minaur lost a tight opening set against the world No.20, who was a finalist at the Madrid Masters earlier this month. However, in trademark fashion, he managed to wear down his opponent to triumphΒ 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4.

This is De Minaur’s second career top-20 win on clay and his first since April 2022.

The ninth seedΒ now turns his attention to a fourth-round clash with sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas leads their head-to-head record at tour level with 10 wins from their 11 meetings, however De Minaur triumphed in their most recent clash during his title-winning run at Acapulco in February.

Should De Minaur advance to the quarterfinals, he would become the first Australian man to reach this stage in Rome since Lleyton Hewitt in 2000.

Aussies in action – Rome

RESULTS
Men’s singles, third round
[9] Alex de MinaurΒ (AUS) dΒ [18] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)Β 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4

COMING UP
Men’s singles, fourth round
[9] Alex de MinaurΒ (AUS)Β v [6] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)

Men’s doubles, second round
[2] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)/Andrea Vavassori (ITA)

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