Aussie junior into Wimbledon semi-finals

Hold the phone, an Australian could win Wimbledon after all.

Exciting teenager Alex De Minaur will continue his bid to capture the boys’ title on Friday after upsetting Canadian third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the semi-finals.

De Minaur fought back from a set and a service break down to beat the French Open junior runner-up 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 and earn a last-four shot at American second seed Ulises Blanch.

“It’s an incredible feeling. He’s such a good player, such a good competitor,” De Minaur said.

“It was always going to be tough; we always have tough matches. Before this match I hadn’t beaten him before but I’d been one point away, so it’s good to finally get the win over him.

“I’d rather win comfortably but it’s a great feeling to actually know that I can push myself to those limits.”

The fighting victory confirms De Minaur’s status as one of the stars of the future.

The Sydney-born Spain-based all-courter has now reached the semi-finals at all four grand slam events, after making the last four at the Australian and French Opens in 2016 and in New York last year.

De Minaur is bidding to become the first Australian to win the junior singles at the All England Club since Luke Saville and Ashleigh Barty completed the double in 2011.

“It would be a dream come true,” the 17-year-old said.

“It’s always been my favourite tournament, the tournament I look forward to the most.

“I wouldn’t really be able to put it into words if I got to win.”

De Minaur also remains alive in the boys’ doubles after he and fellow Australian Blake Ellis charged into the quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-3 6-0 rout of Frenchman Dan Added and Portugal’s Duarte Vale.

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