Alex de Minaur reaches quarterfinals of ATP finals; John Isner reaches Paris quarterfinals


Homegrown player Alex de Minaur reached his second ATP quarterfinal of the year after beating Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old will meet either Donald Young or Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the next round.

de Minaur won the Sydney International last month but suffered the embarrassment of a first-round exit at last month’s Australian Open.

“It was obviously a good start to the year,” said de Minaur, the current season-long doubles leader. “The goal was to be in the top 100, and I achieved that, so I’m happy with that. I can hopefully take it up another level and hopefully get to the finals and pick up some of the rewards.

“It’s good for this state of Australian tennis to have a young Aussie at the ATP Finals and obviously all the media attention that’s been happening at home. Hopefully there’s more to come.”

De Minaur had never previously made a quarterfinal in the main draw at the season-ending tournament.

In other results:

–John Isner reached the quarterfinals of the $1.4 million ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris for the eighth time after beating Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4.

The 16th-seeded American sealed victory with a runner-up finish at the net.

–Novak Djokovic moved into the quarterfinals in his first tournament since Wimbledon last year when he beat American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-3.

–Milos Raonic defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 6-4 to join Daniil Medvedev, Gael Monfils and Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals.

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