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Tennis news - Alex De Minaur comes back from the brink to beat qualifier Laaksonen

De Minaur comes back from the brink to beat qualifier Laaksonen

16/01/2019 at 10:59Updated 16/01/2019 at 14:51

Home favourite Alex De Minaur put the fervent crowd through the wringer - but eventually gathered himself to beat qualifier Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3.

It took him the best part of four hours to get the win - and an imminent third-round match with world number two Rafael Nadal.

Video - De Minaur celebrates wildly after Laaksonen win

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De Minaur had a match point in the third set which he failed to convert, allowing the Swiss to take the tie-break.

Video - Net cord saves De Minaur

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"That was definitely pretty special," said the teenager afterwards, and added to the crowd: "You guys got me through that - I can't thank you guys enough."

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