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Alex has French resistance

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January 11, 2017

Australian teenager Alex De Minaur played the game of his life to cause an upset over Frenchman Benoit Paire at the Sydney International.

Australian teenager Alex De Minaur played the game of his life to cause an upset over Frenchman Benoit Paire at the Sydney International.

Ranked 287 places below the world No.46 and playing in his second match on the men’s tour, De Minaur prevailed over a tiring Paire 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-1) in one hour and 44 minutes.

De Minaur, 17, won the premier men’s singles event at the 2015 Shepparton Lawn Easter Tournament before helping Australia win a Junior Davis Cup Asia-Pacific qualifier in the Goulburn Valley.

Last year’s Wimbledon junior finalist dazzled fans by qualifying for the Brisbane International when he upset 2015 Sydney runner-up Mikhail Kukushkin.

He went down to Mischa Zverev in his tour debut, but did not take long to claim his first senior win on the men’s tournament in his hometown yesterday.

His round two match-up will be either Andrey Kuznetsov, who was 3-0 up in the deciding set against Martin Klizan when the seventh seed retired.

In yesterday’s women’s action at Sydney, defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova fell in the second round to Russian compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

World No.9 and dual grand slam champion Kuznetsova was one of three top seeds to fall on day three at Homebush, including world No.6 Dominika Cibulkova and No.18 Robert Vinci.

After ousting Australian Samantha Stosur on Monday, world No.27 Pavlyuchenkova then claimed her first meeting against Kuznetsova 7-5 6-3.

Pavlyuchenkova will next meet former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, who took advantage of an error-riddled Cibulkova 6-4 6-3 to claim her fourth win in five clashes.

It was also the Canadian star’s third win against a top 15 opponent in her past 12 matches.

Ninth-seeded Italian Vinci had no answers for fellow veteran Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic, losing 6-2 6-3.

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