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De Minaur to face Raonic in Brisbane after shocking Johnson

Alex De Minaur was "stoked" after finishing 2017 with a surprise win over Steve Johnson, ranked 164 places higher than the Australian.

Australian wildcard Alex De Minaur will face Milos Raonic in the second round of the Brisbane International after claiming a surprise win over Steve Johnson on New Year's Eve.

The 208-ranked De Minaur defeated the American 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 on Pat Rafter Arena to set up a meeting with world number three and 2016 champion Raonic.

De Minaur, 164 places below Johnson in the rankings, saved two set points to force a tie-break and another three before taking the opener with his first opportunity.

The 18-year-old was a break down at 4-3 in the second set, but was back on serve immediately and wrapped up the victory with a second break courtesy of a backhand winner down the line to end 2017 in promising fashion.

"I'm pretty delighted; it's the best way to finish off the year," said the Sydney-born outsider.

"I played a great match and beat a high-quality opponent, I'm stoked. I showed how I can play today, so now it's all about maintaining that level."

Sixth seed Diego Schwartzman was knocked out on day one of the tournament, losing 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to Alexandr Dolgopolov.