Eastbourne, Great Britain, 23 June 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Eastbourne, Great Britain

Alex de Minaur has powered into the quarterfinals at an ATP 250 tournament at Eastbourne for the second year in a row.

The defending champion scored a 7-6(3) 6-2 second-round victory against world No.32 Lorenzo Sonego in a rematch of last year’s final.

It is world No.24 De Minaur’s sixth consecutive win at the grass-court event, which includes his 2021 title-winning effort.

De Minaur, who won 81 per cent of first service points in the 93-minute encounter, now faces American Tommy Paul in the final eight.

John Millman bowed out in other second-round action, with Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik scoring a 6-4 6-2 victory in their clash.

In doubles, Australian Luke Saville and Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop booked their place in the semifinals with a 4-6 6-4 [10-3] victory against Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

It is world No.72 Saville’s second tour-level semifinal of the season and first since February.

Aussies in action – Eastbourne

Men’s singles, second round
[6] Alex de Minaur (AUS) d Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 7-6(3) 6-2
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) d [Q] John Millman (AUS) 6-4 6-2

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals 
Luke Saville (AUS)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) d Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)/Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) 4-6 6-4 [10-3]

Men’s singles, quarterfinals
[6] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Tommy Paul (USA)

Men’s doubles, semifinals 
Luke Saville (AUS)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) v [4] Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Austin Krajicek (USA)

Mallorca, Spain

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from an ATP 250 tournament at Mallorca, citing an abdominal injury as the reason.

The world No.45 had been set to face fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round.

“I have been playing a lot of great matches lately and unfortunately I woke up with a pain in my abs,” Kyrgios said.

“I went to see the tournament doctor right away and he advised I don’t play … I will follow his advice as I don’t want to risk Wimbledon next week.”

This leaves Matt Ebden as the last remaining Australian at the tournament.

Ebden has advanced to the doubles semifinals alongside Austria’s Philipp Oswald, with the duo claiming a hard-fought 6-3 2-6 [18-16] quarterfinal victory against Spanish combination Pablo Carreno Busta and Jaume Munar.

Aussies in action – Mallorca

Men’s singles, second round
[5] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d Nick Kyrgios (AUS) walkover

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Philipp Oswald (AUT) d Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)/Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-3 2-6 [18-16]

Men’s doubles, semifinals
Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Philipp Oswald (AUT) v Ariel Behar (URU)/Gonzalo Escobar (ECU)

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