Ruthless Alex de Minaur joins Rinky Hijikata in US Open final 16 | US Open Tennis 2023

Alex de Minaur has showcased his new-found firepower to blast his way into the US Open’s last 16 in New York.

Australia’s world No 13 looked a man on a mission as he ruthlessly dismantled seeded Chilean Nicolas Jarry 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 to join Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata in the fourth round.

So often derided for lacking the weapons to go deep at the grand slams, de Minaur turned baseline boss to overwhelm the 25th-ranked Jarry in just one hour and 44 minutes on Saturday.

He broke the South American six times, saved the solitary break point on his own serve and won a staggering 85 per cent of points after landing his first delivery.

Tellingly, de Minaur punished Jarry almost every time he missed a first serve, winning 19 of 27 points on the Chilean’s second delivery.

His reward is a sixth second-week foray at the majors, his third at Flushing Meadows in the past five years and a likely last-16 shot at third-seeded 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev.

Alex De Minaur bossed Nicolas Jarry from the baseline to break the Chilean’s serve six times.
Alex De Minaur bossed Nicolas Jarry from the baseline to break the Chilean’s serve six times. Photograph: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Medvedev plays his third-round match later Saturday against Argentina’s world No 32 Sebastian Baez.

De Minaur has beaten Medvedev twice in the past 10 months, including last month in straight sets en route to his maiden appearance in an ATP Masters 1000 final in Toronto.

That victory was de Minaur’s fourth over a top-10 rival this season and, if they do clash, the 24-year-old will fancy his chances of posting another upset on Tuesday (AEST) to match his run to the 2020 quarter-finals in New York.

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De Minaur’s two previous encounters with Jarry produced four tiebreakers. But he broke Jarry’s big serve in the opening game on Saturday to set the tone for a far more one-sided affair.

Giving his opponent nothing, de Minaur offered up a miserly 10 unforced errors in the entire match while drawing 40 from Jarry.

Hijikata plays his fourth-round match on Monday (AEST) against American 10th seed Frances Tiafoe.