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Alex de Minaur has made an encouraging start to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament with a straight-sets victory over Reilly Opelka.
Alex de Minaur has begun his final week's preparations for Wimbledon with a confident 73-minute win over Reilly Opelka at Queen's Club.
De Minaur, Australia's top-ranked men's player, looked in excellent form in a 6-4 6-4 victory against the giant American in London on Monday, volleying confidently and showing good speed around the court.
It was De Minaur's fifth straight victory over the big-serving Opelka, who sent down six aces but could not break the Australian's serve.
De Minaur is ranked No.21 in the world in the latest ATP rankings, three places below Opelka, and capitalised on two of the five break points he created.
The Australian will next face Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who beat his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets, in the last 16 on Wednesday.
The news wasn't so good for the third and fourth seeds.
Brit Cameron Norrie was beaten 6-7 (7-2) 6-1 6-4 by Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov while American Taylor Fritz came up short against local wildcard Jack Draper.
The 20-year-old Draper, back at the scene of his first ATP Tour win, against Jannik Sinner last year, surged past world No.14 Fritz 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round.
After a hugely impressive display of powerful hitting, Draper sealed his first win over a top-20 player with a second-serve ace.
"We're in a really good place now," Draper, one of four British men inside the world's top 100, said.
"It was amazing, I enjoyed my time out here. (I'm) at the start of my career, haven't played in front of this many people that often. I'm just glad of the way I played today."
Tuesday's action features top seed Casper Ruud of Norway, defending champion Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov, and Stan Wawrinka, but Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw with injury.
"The tournament means a lot to me, and it's disappointing not to compete, especially after playing some good matches on the grass already," Murray, a five-time singles champion at Queen's, said in a statement.