And there it’s – Dominic Thiem hits a backhand into the online and Alex de Minaur seals a powerful 6-4, 6-4 win on the Kooyong Traditional.
It’s the Australian’s second straight victory over a grand slam champion, following his upset of Rafael Nadal within the United Cup.
De Minaur’s confidence continues to construct forward of the Australian Open subsequent week.
“I am excited. It is my residence slam, going to be nice to play in entrance of such an incredible crowd, a house atmosphere,” de Minaur informed SBS.
“I am simply going to attempt to deliver all that vitality, and get fired up and hopefully placed on a present for the group…
“Extraordinarily pleased with how my stage is wanting, how I am feeling on the courtroom…
“We obtained the Aussie Open across the nook, so that you wish to get there as contemporary bodily and mentally as you may, and in the intervening time I am feeling good…
“It is no secret I wish to carry out at residence, . That is I feel what any Aussie needs to do… I do know it isn’t an in a single day factor.
“No secret, I am not precisely glad making third spherical, fourth spherical. I need extra.
“That is simply the particular person I’m. I’m going to do all the things I can in my energy to get to these factors. And simply to be on the finish of weeks and finish of the necessary tournaments enjoying one of the best gamers on the planet as a result of I feel that is the place I belong and that is the place I wish to be.”