Alex de Minaur achieves the first of his career after beating Daniil Medvedev in Paris
Australian Alex de Minaur scored the biggest win of his career by beating Daniil Medvedev at the Paris Masters.
It was the first time de Minaur had beaten a top-five player, overcoming a stumbling second set to triumph 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in two hours and 46 minutes.
It was a top-down final set, with the Australian coming from 0-2 down and unable to convert two match points on the Russian’s serve.
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But it would not be denied at 6-5, with Medvedev double faulting on de Minaur’s fourth match point at 30/40, giving the 23-year-old the victory.
A frustrated Medvedev smashed his racket after losing the match before approaching to shake hands with the Australian.
De Minaur had lost his previous 18 games against the top five players and had lost his previous four encounters against Medvedev.
The former Russian world No. 1 will drop out of the top four for the first time in nearly two years. Medvedev held the No. 1 spot until after the US Open in September. It will be ranked No. 5 at best on Monday.
Staying in the top four is important for Grand Slam tournament seeds. The top four players avoid the other top four players until the semi-finals.
Players who are between 5 and 8 in the ranking are drawn to face one of the four best players in the quarter-finals.
De Minaur will face American Frances Tiafoe in the round of 16 in Paris.
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