Rising Australian star Alex de Minaur entered his Wimbledon first round match against world No. 41 Marco Cecchinato fully focused as the 20-year-old needed a good win to regain a bit of confidence. No. 25 seed de Minaur did exactly so as he saw off 2018 French Open semifinalist Cecchinato 6-0 6-4 7-6 (5) to set up a second round meeting against American Steve Johnson.
The Australian won the opening nine games of the match but things easily could have gone either way had the Italian converted any of his four break point chances in the first game of the match. The Australian didn't have a perfect preparation for Wimbledon as he picked up one win and two losses before The Championships but remains hopeful that he can end his grass season on a good way.
"Lately I haven’t had the best results, but it’s not like I feel like I’m playing bad tennis. I feel like my game is there. It was just about putting everything together,” De Minaur told Tennis Australia post-match.
“A lot of effort was put into this coming training week before Wimbledon, and to really focus on Wimbledon. “It was a very tough training week, and I felt like every time I stepped out there I was training with a purpose.
That purpose was just trying to be constant and having my level up here for the whole match. Not have many dips. “It was a bit of a shaky start; I had to fight off I think maybe three break points in that first game. “But I think a very important thing is that maybe a couple weeks back I would have been pretty negative on myself and sort of get down.
But today I was just telling myself that this is the start I needed to get out all the cobwebs, start off with a tough hold and then everything else was going to go well”.