De Minaur fights past Tsitsipas to reach Acapulco semifinals

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Australian Alex de Minaur snaps an 11-match losing streak against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals at an ATP 500 tournament in Mexico.

Alex de Minaur has survived a major test to keep his title defence alive at an ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco.

The 25-year-old Australian posted a come-from-behind 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory against world No.12 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.

“I knew coming in, no matter what happened I was going to leave it all out there whether I played my best tennis, my worst or anything in between,” De Minaur said.

“The first set was probably up there with some of my worst tennis, but I knew the conditions weren’t easy for both of us, so I knew I just had to get my way into the match somehow and then use the adrenaline and competitive spirit that I’m always going to bring.

“I’m extremely happy I managed to turn this one around.”

De Minaur’s two-hour victory snaps an 11-match losing streak against the 25-year-old Greek, stretching back to June 2017.

It is De Minaur’s second career win against Tsitsipas – and first at tour-level.

“I’m glad I got one on the board,” world No.9 De Minaur said of their lopsided head-to-head record.

“Stefanos has had my number for a very long time, so I’m glad I was able to get one back.”

This De Minaur’s sixth top-20 win this year, which is the most recorded by an Australian in the first two months of the season since John Alexander in 1975.

De Minaur will now face Brit Jack Draper for a place in the final.

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