April 23, 2021

Australian Open: Alex de Minaur, 21, cruises into third round after demolition of Pablo Cuevas

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The man with the best set of wheels in tennis has sped into the third round of the Australian Open.

Local hope Alex de Minaur made light work of Pablo Cuevas, downing the Uruguayan 6-3 6-3 7-5 on Margaret Court Arena on Thursday night.

While compatriots Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis spent three-and-a-half and four-and-half hours respectively on court in second round clashes, de Minaur checked out in under two.

Alex de Minaur of Australia gestures during his second Round Men's singles match against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on Day 4 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 11, 2021

Alex de Minaur of Australia gestures during his second Round Men's singles match against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on Day 4 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 11, 2021

Alex de Minaur of Australia gestures during his second Round Men’s singles match against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on Day 4 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 11, 2021

Pictured: Alex de Minaur (left) of Australia shakes hands with Pablo Cuevas (right) of Uruguay following their second Round Men's singles match on Day 4 of the Australian Open

Pictured: Alex de Minaur (left) of Australia shakes hands with Pablo Cuevas (right) of Uruguay following their second Round Men's singles match on Day 4 of the Australian Open

Pictured: Alex de Minaur (left) of Australia shakes hands with Pablo Cuevas (right) of Uruguay following their second Round Men’s singles match on Day 4 of the Australian Open

It had followed an equally breezy first-round win over Tennys Sandgren and sets up a last 32 encounter with Fabio Fognini.

The Italian also endured a lengthy – and sometimes heated – second round encounter on Thursday, needing an epic fifth-set tiebreaker to beat countryman Salvatore Caruso.

De Minaur’s win already equals his best Open run of 2019, the 21-year-old missing last year’s Melbourne Park tilt with an abdominal injury.

The fleet-footed 21-year-old set up the win with early breaks in the first two sets against the 35-year-old veteran.

The third was a little less straightforward.

At 3-4 de-Minaur lost his way to leave Cuevas serving for the set.

But regular programming quickly resumed when he broke straight back, held and cracked Cuevas again to seal the match.

A tasty round-of-16 encounter looms against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who moved through to the third round with his gruelling five-set win over Kokkinakis.

Pictured: Top-ranked Australian Alex de Minaur is seen playing a forward against Pablo Cuevas in his second round match-up of the Australian Open

Pictured: Top-ranked Australian Alex de Minaur is seen playing a forward against Pablo Cuevas in his second round match-up of the Australian Open

Pictured: Top-ranked Australian Alex de Minaur is seen playing a forward against Pablo Cuevas in his second round match-up of the Australian Open

Pictured: Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas looks dejected during his second round match against Australia's Alex de Minaur

Pictured: Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas looks dejected during his second round match against Australia's Alex de Minaur

Pictured: Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas looks dejected during his second round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur

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