Estoril Open: Kyle Edmund cruises past Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in straight sets to reach quarter-finals

Estoril: Britain's Kyle Edmund knocked out Australian teenager Alex de Minaur with a 6-2, 7-5 win to reach the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open on Wednesday.

File image of Kyle Edmund. AP

File image of Kyle Edmund. AP

De Minaur is based in Spain and clay is his favoured surface but he had few answers as Australian Open semi-finalist Edmund advanced in 97 minutes.

Edmund, ranked a career-high 23rd, achieved his best Estoril showing after losing in the second round last year to Benoit Paire.

"I felt really good with how I played throughout," the third seed said. "I faced a tough opponent, who is very resilient.

"He didn't give away a lot of points, I had to work for this win. But I enjoyed winning a tough test, delivering in a pressure match.

"I've trained with Alex. I know he has a difficult game. He likes to counter-attack and use the pace to deflect.

"I knew how the match would go. I had to execute and impose my game to win it."

The Briton will next tackle Portuguese number one Joao Sousa, who needed two and a half hours to knock out namesake and compatriot Pedro Sousa with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-5 win.

Edmund broke De Minaur five times as he played for the first time since a first-round loss in Monte Carlo.

De Minaur, 19, is still alive in the doubles alongside his 37-year-old Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.

The field in Portugal is headed by US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson, with the South African to start his campaign on Thursday against Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, the losing finalist last weekend to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona.

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Updated Date: May 03, 2018 08:03 AM

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