No Aussies Left: Final Hope Alex De Minaur Out Of US Open
Alex de Minaur's US Open campaign has come to a shuddering halt, with Grigor Dimitrov handing the Australian a grand slam reality check.
The former world No.3 crushed ousted de Minaur 7-5 6-3 6-4 in their fourth-round match at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
It was a deflating departure for the 20-year-old who had been eyeing his maiden grand slam quarter-final after claiming the biggest scalp of his career in round three.
De Minaur's victory two days ago over world No.7 Kei Nishikori, the 2014 runner-up in New York, had the Australian favourite to advance.
Dimitrov has slumped to 78th in the world after winning only one match since Wimbledon until this week and enduring a humiliating loss to world No.405 Kevin King last month in Atlanta, where de Minaur collected his second title of the year.
But after suffering five first-round defeats in his past six tournaments, the 2017 season-ending championship winner has rediscovered his touch at the final slam of the year.
He broke de Minaur once in each set to prevail after two hours and five minutes to book a date on Tuesday with five-times champion Roger Federer, in what will be the Bulgarian's first major quarter-final since last year's Australian Open.