Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur admitted that making a deep Barcelona run was a great confidence booster for him as his main goal for this clay season is to keep getting better on clay. De Minaur, ranked at No. 22 in the world, didn't impress in his first clay event of the season as he suffered a second round loss in Barcelona.
After Monte Carlo, de Minaur went to Barcelona, where he reached the semifinal before losing to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz. De Minaur was serving for the match and had two consecutive match points but failed to convert as Alcaraz escaped with a three set win in their Barcelona semifinal.
Despire a heartbreaking defeat, de Minaur was happy with his Barcelona campaign. “Making semifinals in Barca was a lot of a confidence-booster, obviously my first clay-court semifinals,” De Minaur told tennis.com.au.
“I’m really happy with how my level is progressing, especially on the clay. I’m feeling more and more comfortable and looking forward to having, hopefully, a big clay swing”.
De Minaur: My goal is to keep improving on clay
“My clay-court goals for this season are just to keep on improving,” de Minaur added.
“I’m already feeling much better than the previous years”. Meanwhile, de Minaur has continued to play well in Spain. On Monday, de Minaur defeated home favorite Pedro Martinez 7-6 (2) 1-6 6-4 to progress into the Madrid second round.
De Minaur is playing in Madrid for the third time in his career. De Minaur made his Madrid debut in 2019, when he was beaten in the first round. Last year, de Minaur enjoyed a better campaign in Madrid as he reached the last-16 before losing to Dominic Thiem.
De Minaur won't have an easy job in the Madrid second round as he plays next Jannik Sinner. It remains to be seen if de Minaur can upset Sinner and reach the Madrid round-of-16.