A delighted Alex de Minaur has announced himself on the big stage with an impressive victory over American Steve Johnson at the Brisbane International.

Wildcard de Minaur, who turns 19 in February and is ranked 208th in the world, won 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 against Johnson, ranked 164 places above him.

“It’s the best way to finish off the year,” de Minaur said.

“I couldn’t ask for more. I played a great match today, I beat a high quality opponent and I’m stoked.

“I showed how I can play today and it’s all about maintaining that level.”

The small crowd who stayed for the opening day’s final match on Pat Rafter Arena were treated to a display of guts and determination from de Minaur.

They got right behind the Sydney-born, Spain-based youngster as he sent down an ace to force the first-set tiebreaker and withstood Johnson’s considerable pressure and changes of pace to prevail.

This article originally appeared at: http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-teenage-alex-de-minaur-shows-plenty-of-promise-in-upset-win-in-brisbane-international/news-story/bfb3da2d94081fb38745f

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