Massive-hitting Argentine overpowers Alex de Minaur at French Open


Alex de Minaur’s hopes of venturing additional than ever earlier than on the French Open have been ruthlessly dismantled by big-hitting Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry.

On the warmest morning of the championships in Paris, Australia’s No.1 encountered a rising clay court docket star within the hottest of type as Etcheverry ousted the Sydneysider 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

Not for the primary time in his battling profession, de Minaur discovered himself confronted with an adversary who had an excessive amount of firepower as his ambition to achieve the third spherical in Paris for the primary time in seven makes an attempt foundered within the sunshine on court docket 14.

As normal, there was nothing incorrect with the 18th seed’s coronary heart as he scrapped valiantly on Thursday, significantly in saving 4 set factors within the second stanza.

But he was continually scurrying on the again foot towards the highly effective Etcheverry, who appears to be like one to observe after reaching three clay court docket finals already this season.

The pair had not met since their junior days since when the 23-year-old Etcheverry has sprouted to 1.96m and he packed an excessive amount of of a punch for the slight determine who’s one yr his senior, cracking 24 winners and forcing 41 errors from de Minaur.

After beginning brightly, de Minaur had three break factors to go up 4-3 however as soon as the Argentine had repelled them, he cashed in to run away with the set, and from then on put stress on the Australian together with his superior weight of shot.

De Minaur, developing with some dazzling photographs beneath the cosh, labored wonders to save lots of three set factors at 5-6 and break again to take the second stanza right into a tiebreak, however too many careless errors – he made 53 unforced errors all through the match – quickly left Etcheverry in full management.

When de Minaur clocked a forehand vast within the fourth recreation of the third set, the writing was on the wall and, after two hours 45 minutes when the Australian hit a backhand lengthy, Etcheverry may have a good time reaching the third spherical of a slam for the primary time.

It gained’t be the final.

With Thanasi Kokkinakis already having booked his place within the final 32 together with his epic five-set win over Stan Wawrinka, Max Purcell was the final Australian hope to hitch him as he tackled Japan’s No.27 seed Yoshihito Nishioka in one other second-round contest.