Alex de Minaur has snared his first win against a top five player with an epic three-set win against Daniil Medvedev at the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

The Australian outlasted the Russian world No.3 6-4 2-6 7-5 in an absolute thriller across two hours, 46 minutes- finally beating a player ranked No.5 or higher at the 19th attempt.

De Minaur had failed to beat Medvedev in all four of their past matches but the world No.25 was destined to win against the 2021 US Open champion.

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After claiming the first set 6-4, De Minaur looked in trouble as the former world No.1 won the second set 6-2 and carved out a 2-0 lead in the deciding set.

But the Aussie fighter dug deep to break back at first opportunity and level the final set 2-2.

Games remained on serve throughout the decider with De Minaur squandering two match points at 5-4.

But as Medvedev hoped to force a tiebreak, the Russian served a pair of double faults to set up two further match points for De Minaur, with the Australian taking the second one.

“I just wanted to wait for the 19th game (to beat a top five player) – why do it in the first 18, eh?” De Minaur said post-match to Tennis Channel.

“I knew it was going to be a tough battle. He’s an incredibly tough opponent. I knew what to expect and I’m glad I played a very tactical match out there.

“When you’re playing Daniil you’ve got to find a very fine balance between being solid and being aggressive.

“Obviously, we all know what he can do with his passing shots and with his movement around the court. I just tried to wait for the right ball and just back myself and back my volleys.”

De Minaur will now face rising American star Frances Tiafoe in the round-of-16 on Thursday night (AEDT), with the winner to face either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Gilles Simon.

If the Australian manages to defeat Tiafoe, he will also reclaim Australian No.1 status off Nick Kyrgios, who isn’t competing at the Paris Masters.

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