Australian Alex de Minaur has made a fuss-free entry to the third round of the US Open in New York.
The humble teenager could hardly have been more impressive in taking out highly rated young American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-0 5-7 6-2 to reach the last 32 for the second successive grand slam.
Serving notice: Australia’s Alex De Minaur is through to the US Open third round.
A year older and ranked one place higher than 19-year-old de Minaur, Tiafoe played some blinding tennis at times.
But he was soundly beaten as the Sydney-born, Spain-raised talent showcased his relentless counter-attack, mixed with some great guile, against the world No.44.
"I had to play my best tennis today," de Minaur said.
"All credit to Frances, I just had to be very tough throughout the whole match and try to keep my concentration and not get down on myself and always stay positive, be very tough mentally.
"Frances has an unbelievable high level. At stages in the match, he's just going to absolutely hit you off the court, play some ridiculous tennis.
"It's all about that positive mindset."
De Minaur next plays Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion who buried Polish qualifier Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 6-0 6-0 to place his young Australian challenger on notice.
"It's going to be another tough match. He's obviously a quality opponent who has won here. But saying that, I'm looking forward to the opportunity," de Minaur said.
"It's another chance for me to see where my game's at against these higher-level opponents. Just have a good crack and leave it all out there."
De Minaur is among four Australians eyeing a place in the second week, with Kyrgios and John Millman also joining day-three winner Ashleigh Barty in advancing on Thursday.
I just had to be very tough throughout the whole match and try to keep my concentration and not get down on myself.
Nick Kyrgios booked a Saturday night date with Roger Federer with a 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-0 win over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a controversial affair punctuated by a mid-match pep talk from chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani.
Millman plays unseeded Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin next after upsetting volatile world No.14 Fabio Fognini 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-1.
Meanwhile compatriots Matt Ebden and Ajla Tomljanovic both lost.
In a high-quality thriller, Tomljanovic missed a match point deep in the third set of a 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-4) defeat at the hands of Czech Katerina Siniankova, while Ebden ran out of steam against Philipp Kohlschreiber, going out 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 6-2 6-0 to the German.
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