Alex de Minaur came through as expected 6-4, 6-4 over Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Thursday with the Australian winner set to come up against a Korean outsider in the Eastbourne Championships semi-finals
The second-seeed de Minaur was ruthless with Pospisil, one of the collaborators with Novak Djokovic of the breakaway players union.
But the Aussie winner in chilly evening conditions could hardly have expected to be facing 77th-ranked lucky loser Soonwon Kwon for a spot in the finals.
The Asian put out Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 7-5 despite 14 aces from the Belarus player ranked 87th.
Kwon becomes the first lucky loser to advance this far at the Wimbledon run-up event on the English south coast.
“Kwon is playing with a second win as a lucky loser,” de Minaur said. “That makes him even more dangerous.
:He’s solid off both wings; I have to ply my game and not get sucked into his.
“I’m ready for a very tough match.”
de Minaur’s performances on grass in recent weeks (Queen’s semi-finals, Stuttgart quarters) has earned him the Wimbledon 16th seeding.
“My goal is to go as deep as possible at the Grand Slams. I snuck in as the 16th seed – it’s a bit of luck, but I’ll take it.
“hopefully I can try and play some good tennis, this is a part of the season that I look forward to.”
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