No.2 seed yet to drop a set ahead during his dream week
Alex De Minaur went one step better than last week’s foray at Queen’s Club, by reaching the Eastbourne final with a stylish 6–3 7–6(2) success over South Korea’s Kwon
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De Minaur has yet to drop a set at the tournament, comfortably seeing off Brit Liam Broady in the 2nd Round and sweeping aside
He was back in the swing of things on the Devonshire Park grass, playing on Court 1 instead of Centre Court, to race away with the opening set.
The second set saw Kwon, who only played two matches to reach the last four as he was a lucky loser from qualifying and filled a seeded player’s place, show more guile and speed around court.
It came as no surprise that the encounter went into a tiebreak, which De Minaur secured with a memorable point. He showed remarkable balance to avoid touching the net, when he was chasing down a shot, then stormed back to retrieve a lob before thundering a backhand winner to claim a deserved and expected victory.
De Minaur admitted: “I got lucky there because I was very close to touching the net, but I was able to play a great point.
“I’m playing some great tennis, love playing on the grass courts and feeling very welcomed here at Eastbourne.
“My plan is to go deep at Wimbledon, as that’s what I’ve been working on.”
De Minaur has been drawn against US rising star Sebastian Korda in the 1st Round at Wimbledon, but first he has the little matter of facing the resurgent Sonego on Centre Court at Devonshire Park for a shot at glory.