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Alex de Minaur result: Australian defeats world No.5 Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam, moves on from Novak Djokovic thrashing

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Alex de Minaur showed no signs of scarring from his heavy defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, knocking over world No.5 Andrey Rublev at the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam on Thursday morning (AEDT).

The Australian dismissed Rublev 6-4 6-4 across 81 minutes in the round-of-32 stage at Rotterdam – in his first match since being thrashed by Djokovic 6-2 6-1 6-2 at Melbourne Park last month.

It was an impressive performance from De Minaur, not giving up a break point for the entire match, while converting two of his six opportunities on Rublev’s serve.

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De Minaur will now take on USA’s Maxime Cressy in the round-of-16 stage with the winner to meet Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals.

There was a worry that it would take De Minaur time to mentally recover from the magnitude of the defeat against Djokovic in the Australian Open fourth round.

But the 23-year-old responded in the best possible way with a win against Rotterdam second seed Rublev – who was incidentally also defeated by Djokovic in Melbourne but in the quarter-finals.

As for Australians in action, lucky loser Aleksandar Vukic progressed to the second round at Delray Beach with a 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 win against Christopher Eubanks.

The 171st-ranked Aussie will now meet Radu Albot in the final 32.

However the news wasn’t as good at Delray Beach for Jordan Thompson, who was beaten by Denis Kudla in the first round.

In the WTA, no Australians are competing at the WTA 500 Qatar Open.

ATP rankings: Highest ranked Australian tennis players

Nick Kyrgios is still Australia’s highest-ranked male player after the Australian Open, despite not competing because of injury.

Six Australian men currently sit inside the ATP’s top 100 players. 

Ranking  Change  Name Points
19 Nick Kyrgios 1,825
25 Alex de Minaur 1,620
79 Jason Kubler 670
91 -1 Alexei Popyrin 586
93 -9 Jordan Thompson 579
96 -2 Christopher O’Connell 568
116 +3 Rinky Hijikata 451
138 -1 James Duckworth 413
139 John Millman 410
141 -1 Thanasi Kokkinakis 407
171 Aleksandar Vukic 347
203 -7 Max Purcell 295

*Last updated February 14, 2023

Check out every Aussie with an ATP ranking here

WTA rankings: Highest ranked Australian tennis players

Ajla Tomljanovic retains her position as Australia’s top-ranked female player despite being absent from the Australian Open through injury.

Solid results at Melbourne Park have seen both Kimberly Birrell and Olivia Gadecki soar up the rankings.

Ranking Change Name Points
35 -1 Ajla Tomljanović 1,305
59 -2 Daria Saville 947
157 -7 Kimberly Birrell 414
152 +7 Olivia Gadecki 433
163 +9 Jaimee Fourlis 399
168 +6 Priscilla Hon 385
191 +54 Storm Hunter 342

*Last updated February 14, 2023

Check out every Aussie with a WTA ranking here


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