John Newcombe: 'Alex de Minaur should fight for Major titles in the future'


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John Newcombe: 'Alex de Minaur should fight for Major titles in the future'

The 20-year-old Alex de Minaur has enjoyed a breakthrough season, winning three ATP titles in 2019 and wrapping it in the top-20, becoming the fourth Aussie in the elite group in the last two decades. After a stellar junior career, the Sydney native made a name for himself at the beginning of 2018, with the semi-final in Brisbane and the final in Sydney, showing full potential and aiming to achieve higher ranking positions by the end of the season.

De Minaur played in the third round at Wimbledon and the final in Washington, gathering enough points to come closer to the place in the top-30 and securing the spot at the Next Gen Masters in Milan where he defeated Liam Caruana, Andrey Rublev, Taylor Fritz and Jaume Munar to reach the final, losing it to Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets.

Alex went even further in 2019, winning 41 matches and lifting three ATP crowns in the first full season without Challengers. Working steadily on his game, Alex has become one of the youngsters to watch in the future, standing as the sixth player born in 1995 or after with six ATP finals and hoping for more of the same in 2020, kicking off the action from a perfect position and seeking deep runs in front of the home fans.

The seven-time singles Major champion John Newcombe is happy with de Minaur's progress so far, seeing him in the top-10 soon and also as a Major champion in a couple of years, expecting the best tennis from the Sydney native in some five or six years.

"After fighting back from injury, Alex had a great second half of this year and 2020 promises to be good for him," Newcombe said. "He's a probable top-15 and hopefully top-12 or top-10 player as long as he can stay injury-free as every question asked of him he's come up with the right answers.

I can't see him contending in a Grand Slam the next 12 months because that's a little quick - I think he's a couple of years away from that. I would think Alex would be playing his best tennis around 25 or 26 years of age."