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Minaur beats Sousa in straight sets in round 1 of Australian Open

IANS  |  Melbourne 

stormed into the second round of the Australian Open, defeating Portugal's in straight sets in front of a cheering home crowd at here on Monday.

The 27th-seeded Australian teen beat 30-year-old Sousa 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, to continue his recent good form, having won his maiden ATP title at the International a couple of days ago, reports news.

"I thought I had to be really tough today, and to back it up from Sydney, I'm proud that I was able to get it done in three sets," he said.

He attributed his good performance to improved fitness and thanked his team, especially Tom Couch, for working hard on him.

"We did a lot of running, bike, boxing - which I'm not very good at - swimming. I'm glad it's paying off and I'm really happy with my team and the work we've put in," he said.

In the second round, de Minaur will face Henri Laaksonen, who had downed 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:40 IST
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