Alex de Minaur has put up another courageous performance but it was not enough to stop Australia's No.1 being overpowered by Italian top seed Matteo Berrettini in the semi-final of the Queen's Club Championship.
De Minaur did his utmost to cope with the near-140mph serving of the world No.9 on Saturday but saw his bid to become the first Australian in 15 years since Lleyton Hewitt to reach the Queen's final dismantled 6-4 6-4.
The 22-year-old de Minaur had hoped to follow up what he felt was 'a big day for the little guy' on Friday when he defused the power game of grass-court star Marin Cilic for a memorable win with another shock victory.
But Berrettini, who is beginning to look like a serious contender for Wimbledon this year, earned a single break in each set, which proved enough for victory.
De Minaur did well just to earn his one break point of the entire match midway through the second set but it was still blown away by a 137mph serve.
After Berrettini had finally worn him down in the match's penultimate game for a break, he then served out for victory by powering down a 140mph ace.