Promising Australian star Alex de Minaur confessed "it is a tough one to swallow" after being edged out by world No. 71 Steve Johnson in the Wimbledon third round as the American won 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3 3-6 6-3 in just less than three and a half hours of play.
De Minaur broke Johnson twice in the first set to win the opener but then paid the price for not realizing any of his three break points early on in the second set as the American forced a tie-break -- where he converted his third set point to level the match at a set apiece.
Johnson then won the third set as well but the 20-year-old fought back to win the fourth set and force a decider -- where the American came up clutch when needed most as he earned the crucial break in the eighth game and saved break points in the seventh and ninth game to seal the win.
"It’s a tough one to swallow, one of those matches where you come off the court and you still don’t know how it didn’t end up going your way,” de Minaur said post-match, per Tennis Australia.
“I felt like I did everything I could, everything in my power, gave myself that many chances and just could not put those important points together. “It’s tough, because if I want to keep improving and keep rising up the rankings, I can’t let that happen”.