Alex de Minaur followed up last week’s Queen’s semi-final with a last-eight place at Eastbourne on Wednesday, starting after a bye with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of wild card Brit Liam Broady.

The Australian second seed was joined by No. 3 seed Loenzo Sonego of Italy, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Aussie John Millman.

Sonego has experience on the turf, winning a title in Turkey in 2019.

A second Australian was knocked out when Ilya Ivashka beat Alexei Popyrin 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3

De Minaur, ranked 18th, needed just under an hour and three-quarters to advance on a dry day at Devonshire Park with Wimbledon starting in just five days.

“It was very intense, a very tough match at a high level, against a tricky opponent, who has been playing great,” the winner said.

“This is a part of the year that I love. I enjoy the grass-court swing and I want to make every match count.”

De Minaur next faces Vasek Pospisil, whom he has beaten in three previous meetings.

The Canadian advanced when Spanish opponent Alejandro Davidivich Fokina suffered a hard fall, retiring after losing the opening set 7-6(1).


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