Edmund outclasses De Minaur and reaches the QF's
Kyle Edmund, Britain's No. 1 player prevailed 6-2, 7-5 against up-and-coming Australian youngster Alex De Minaur in the first match of the day on Estádio Millennium.
The 23-year-old Brit, who is looking for his maiden ATP Tour title, dictated the rallies in the first set and capitalized on three breakpoint opportunities to take the lead of the match. Edmund carried the winning momentum into the second set and took the first break but De Minaur clawed his way back into the match leveling the scoreboard. However, Edmund, who comes to Estoril at a career-high No. 23 ATP, broke the aussie’s resistance yet again on game 11th and subsequently served for the match, seizing the straight sets win in one hour and 37 minutes.
For 19-year-old De Minaur the loss marks the end of his Singles campaign in the Portuguese ATP250 but the #NextGenATP alumni is still alive in the Doubles tournament, where he is partnering with, none other than, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.
In the quarterfinals Edmund will face home opposition in the form of Portuguese No.1 João Sousa, who survived an epic three setter against compatriot Pedro Sousa in round two.