De Minaur too strong for Thompson in Cup

Alex de Minaur is the last remaining Australian at the ATP's Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart after beating compatriot Jordan Thompson in the round of 16.

ALEX DE MINAUR of Australia.
ALEX DE MINAUR of Australia. Picture: Al Bello/Getty Images

Alex de Minaur has won an enterprising battle of the Australians to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP's Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

De Minaur triumphed over a gallant Jordan Thompson in three sets, winning 6-7 (10-8) 6-3 6-4.

Thompson, the world No.64, served nine aces but failed to win the big moments, missing out on six break-point opportunities.

De Minaur will now meet Jurij Rodionov, who won his match against Peter Gojowczyk when he retired while 5-3 down in the first set, for a place in the semi-finals.

The world No.22 and fourth seed for the tournament is on the same side of the draw as top seed Denis Shapovalov, who meets Alexei Popyrin's conqueror Feliciano Lopez for a place in the last eight.

Meanwhile James Duckworth's brave bid to join de Minaur in the next round fell short against Sam Querrey.

The big-serving American needed 23 aces to edge out the game Sydneysider 6-4 7-6 (9-7).