Alex De Minaur vs Damir Dzumhur: Sydney International live scores, blog

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    2018 Sydney International

    Men's Singles, 2nd Round

    Ken Rosewall Arena, New South Wales Tennis Centre

    Alex De Minaur vs Damir Dzumhur (Retired)

     
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    Alex De Minaur, AUS 6 3
    Damir Dzumhur (Retired), BAH 2 0

    Aussie Alex De Minaur takes on Damir Dzumhur for a place in the quarter-finals of the Sydney International. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:45pm (AEDT).

    De Minaur’s stock continues to rise courtesy of another impressive performance against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco yesterday afternoon.

    Despite being just 18 years of age, De Minaur played with a maturity beyond his years en route to a straight-sets victory over a former Australian Open semi-finalist.

    Now, De Minaur faces another tough test against Dzumhur, who unlike Verdasco, enjoyed a solid 2017 season winning two ATP tour titles in Russia.

    Throw in another ATP tour final appearance at the 2017 Winston-Salem Open and it is clear to see that Dzumhur enjoyed a career-best season, which sees him ranked among the best 30 players on the planet.

    Over the past two seasons, Dzumhur has enjoyed notable victories over world class opposition such as Stan Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal, proving that the Bosnian now ranks as one of the more dangerous players on tour.

    Despite this, De Minaur certainly has confidence on his side this summer. Victories over Steve Johnson, Milos Raonic and Verdasco will have the young Aussie believing that he has what it takes to beat some of the more established players on the ATP tour.

    If De Minaur can continue to replicate his steely determination and impressive shotmaking prowess, then he is a chance of adding another big scalp to his growing list of wins.

    Prediction
    On form, De Minaur perhaps faces the toughest test of his young career to date. Dzumhur enters the Sydney International off the back of a strong 2017 season and the in-form Bosnian should provide De Minaur with a stern examination.

    But given De Minaur’s impressive performances of late, it wouldn’t surprise to see the Aussie record another win on home soil given that momentum is on his side.

    De Minaur in three sets.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of this second round match from around 4pm (AEDT) or at the completion of Garbine Muguruza and Kiki Bertens on the Ken Rosewall Arena.

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • Roar Guru

      6:31pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:31pm | ! Report

      De Minaur once again adds another scalp to his growing list of victories, this time defeating Dzumhur, who retired injured in the second set. De Minaur though was in absolute control from the opening service game and had Dzumhur covered in every facet of the game. This young Aussie is certainly one to watch out for at the Australian Open. He may very well enter next week’s Grand Slam as the Sydney International champion if he keeps this up…

      Dzumhur 2 0 RET
      De Minaur 6 3

    • Roar Guru

      6:29pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:29pm | ! Report

      BREAK DE MINAUR

      GAME SET AND MATCH DE MINAUR

      Dzumhur 2 0 RET
      De Minaur 6 3

    • Roar Guru

      6:28pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:28pm | ! Report

      The frustrating thing for Dzumhur this afternoon is the fact that De Minaur is giving away nothing. No cheap points whatsoever. More break points for the Aussie..

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 2

    • Roar Guru

      6:27pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:27pm | ! Report

      De Minaur he holds yet again and the young Aussie is on his way here…

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 2

    • Roar Guru

      6:25pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:25pm | ! Report

      De Minaur always winning the lengthy rallies in this match. Game point. Backhand return is strong and its Deuce.

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 1

    • Roar Guru

      6:23pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:23pm | ! Report

      Dzumhur’s game not troubling De Minaur in the slightest. Dzumhur pushed to the limit but the Bosnian still fighting. 15-30

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 1

    • Roar Guru

      6:20pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:20pm | ! Report

      Dzumhur’s forehand letting him down. De Minaur breaks yet again!

      BREAK DE MINAUR

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 1

    • Roar Guru

      6:18pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:18pm | ! Report

      Dzumhur blinks first again in the rally and sends his forehand wide. Another break point for De Minaur. Deuce courtesy of a good volley from the Bosnian. Another forehand winner for break point. Dzumhur is fighting hard to stay in this.

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 0

    • Roar Guru

      6:13pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:13pm | ! Report

      De Minaur has Dzumhur comfortably covered here. He is overpowering the Bosnian and continues to move around the court very well. The young Aussie has all the answers thus far.

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 0

    • Roar Guru

      6:11pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 6:11pm | ! Report

      FIRST SET DE MINAUR

      Dzumhur 2 0
      De Minaur 6 0

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