Alex de Minaur was thrilled after winning his Melbourne opener against Lorenzo Musetti. De Minaur made a slow start to the match against Musetti but recovered to win in four sets 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-3 and progress into the Australian Open second round.
“It doesn’t get much better than this. Playing in front of my home fans, there is no place I’d rather be,” de Minaur said on court, per Tennis Australia. Musetti was up by two sets against Novak Djokovic during their French Open round-of-16 clash.
Djokovic bounced back to force a decider before Musetti retired the match. “He’s a very talented player, he’s gone to five sets with Novak, so I was happy I was able to turn it around after the first set and play some good tennis,” de Minaur said.
De Minaur credited staying positive as the key in his win over Musetti. “I think the most important thing is I stayed positive,” de Minaur said. “It’s positive vibes only for 2022”.
De Minaur impressively recovered after losing the first set
After losing the first set, de Minaur claimed a total of seven breaks in the rest of the match to seal a comeback win.
“He found a little bit of a purple patch. I might have dropped my level a little bit, and, yeah, there went the first set,” de Minaur said in his post-match press conference. "I was playing every point for its merit, and eventually things started to go my way and I was able to take control.
“For me, the most important thing was my attitude. You know, that was what won me the match today. I was positive throughout the whole match. Didn’t let anything get in my head, and I just kept on going." De Minaur now has a good chance to reach the third round as he plays next Kamil Majchrzak.