Alex de Minaur has squandered a 6-1 lead to crash out of Indian Wells at the hands of 217th ranked qualifier Marcos Giron. The rising Aussie was in complete control of the match, and was one set away from reaching the third round of the Masters 1000 event for the first time, when - in his own words - he lost concentration.
“It’s one of the disappointing things. This is the main thing that I’ve been working so hard on and focusing so much on, is not having these lapses in concentration,” De Minaur told Brett Phillips of The First Serve after the loss.
Home favourite, Marcos Giron, was buoyed by the support of the crowd to capitalise on De Minaur’s errors and run away with the 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory. It marked just the third tour-level win of his career. “I was all over that match, playing exactly the way I wanted.
"Up a break in the second and I just disconnected, you know, a little lapse in concentration and he took advantage of it. That’s what hurts even more. It’s not the fact of who you lose to, but I’ve put so much hard work in keeping my focus throughout the whole match and I haven’t had one of these lapses in concentration for so long and its not what you want.
"He got the big break. There was a huge momentum switch and all credit to him. He played some very big tennis in some big moments and he deserved to win today”. De Minaur started the year on a high, winning his first ever title on home soil at the Sydney International, boasting wins over Dusan Lajovic, Reilly Opelka, compatriot Jordan Thompson, Gilles Simon and Andreas Seppi.
He arrived in Indian Wells after a quarterfinal loss to Alexander Zverev in Acapulco. “Obviously if you could have time over again you would do things differently. But this is tennis, you only have one day and whatever happens on that day… sticks.
"It sounds cliche but you’ve just got to learn from this and try and minimise these sort of matches. It’s still a learning process but some of these mistakes just cant keep on happening. I’ve obviously just got to sit down and make sure that it doesn’t happen again”.
De Minaur will now turn his focus to the Miami Open, where he earned his main draw debut last year after winning his way through the qualifying rounds. Now ranked 24th in the world De Minaur will begin the tournament in the main draw and will be hunting for his first win in the Miami Gardens.