Britain's Edmund dismisses De Minaur in Estoril

Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) –


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.

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

Australian Open semi-finalist Edmund, ranked a career-high 23rd, achieved his best Estoril showing after losing in the second round here a year ago to Benoit Paire.

The Briton will next tackle a Portuguese player as he faces the winner of a match between Joao Sousa, ranked 68th, and namesake Pedro Sousa, a 29-year-old Barcelona-based journeyman who stands 143rd in the ATP rankings.

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 finalist 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.