After three ATP titles in 2019 and a place in the top-20, the young Aussie Alex de Minaur has some big plans ahead of 2020 season, seeking a top-10 debut and to challenge the better-ranked opponents at Majors. Making a season debut in front of the home fans in Brisbane, Alex defeated Alexander Zverev 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 to deliver the crucial point for Australia over Germany in the first tie of the ATP Cup for his fourth top-10 victory.
Zverev led 6-4, 4-2 and had a chance to move further in front before de Minaur started his comeback, taking the second set in the tie break and controlling the pace in the decider to grab the first win over Alexander who defeated him here in Brisbane in the Davis Cup two years ago.
Speaking about the triumph, Alex said he was thrilled to make a turnaround, working hard during the offseason and getting ready for encounters like this one. "I feel good; I'm thrilled to see all the hard work from the preseason pay off.
It is never easy to perform well in the first match of the year, with a lot of nerves going in, especially in such an important match when you represent your country and not for yourself; all that made it a little bit tougher so I'm extremely proud that I was able to come out and turn the encounter around.
Sascha was too good in the first seven games, moving me off the court and forcing me to change some things in my game; I'm incredibly proud to emerge at the top in the end. I have been working with a mental coach for three seasons and it became even more intense last year when I talked to him once in a day or two; it is something I take very seriously and that helped me a lot.
It is hard to play tennis, there are a lot of demons on the court and you have to stay as positive as possible as you can. Hewitt makes sure I stay in the moment; he kept telling me my chances will come, especially in the close first set that I could have turned around. I stayed in the match and it went my way in the end."