Alex de Minaur had an extra reason to smile after his latest stunning display at the United Cup saw him recover from a set down to beat German star and world No.7 Alexander Zverev in three hard-fought sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Not only did he keep Team Australia’s hopes of a tournament final berth alive after Ajla Tomljanovic narrowly lost her women’s singles tie, but it ensured he will enter the ATP top 10 for the first time in his career when the rankings update on Monday.

He’s the first Australian male to rank in the top 10 in singles since mentor Lleyton Hewitt dropped to 11th in the world in February 2006.

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Having been overpowered by the German’s

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