De­mon on fire to seal Aussie win

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

ALEX de Min­aur has re­in­forced his rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most ex­cit­ing young play­ers in world ten­nis, see­ing off Bel­gium’s David Gof­fin to book Aus­tralia’s spot in the Davis Cup quarter-fi­nals.

The 20-year-old Syd­neysider beat the world No.11, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) to seal Aus­tralia’s first vic­tory over Bel­gium since 1991 and fin­ish top of Group D, set­ting up a clash with a tal­ented Canada side this morn­ing.

De Min­aur won the first set in 26 min­utes as Gof­fin strug­gled to find an an­swer to the red-hot Aus­tralian’s pow­er­ful re­turn game.

The Bel­gian No.1 fi­nally got on the board in the open­ing game of the sec­ond set, but de Min­aur sealed his 40th vic­tory of the sea­son.

Ear­lier, Nick Kyr­gios kept his emo­tions in check to put Aus­tralia 1-0 up, beat­ing wily 35-year-old Steve Dar­cis 6-2, 7-6 (10-8).

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