No. 21 seed Alex de Minaur says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic exiting the US Open following a round-of-16 default doesn't really change much for him since they are not in the same part of the draw. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, hit the lines women in his clash against Pablo Carreno Busta and their chair umpire had no choice but to default him since the rules were clear.
"Yeah, of course. As you said, it doesn't concern me, because it's not my side of the draw. I have plenty of matches to play before I get there," de Minaur said. "Nothing changes. I've just got my match ahead of me, and I think it affects more the people on that side of the draw, to be honest.
It's still a long way away to get to that final. So I'm going to stick with my quarterfinals for the time being."
De Minaur very happy to be in the US Open quarterfinal
World No. 28 De Minaur saw off Canadian Vasek Pospisil in straight sets 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-2 to make his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at th the US Open.
De Minaur plays next No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem, who beat rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime. "Look, I'm obviously very happy. At the end of the day, this is where I want to be, and this is where I truly believe I belong, second weeks of slams and going deep.
I'm happy I'm finally at this stage," de Minaur said. "But nothing changes. Everything stays the same. Now I've got just another match awaiting for me. It is obviously the winner of Thiem and Felix. I have played both of them.
"Dominic Thiem, they both actually have immense firepower. So it's just going to be a match where I'm just going to have to try to stand my ground again, do what I do best, stay solid, and look for any kind of opportunity I can to dictate.
"Look, just happy to be in the next round." When asked if this Grand Slam was the definite break for the next gen, de Minaur said: "Look, you never know. At the end of the day, look, I've been saying it for a while, everyone, all the younger guys, we really want to keep pushing ourselves and go deep in slams, and this is where we want to be.
"Who knows? Only time will tell. But at the moment, we are just going to look forward to this slam and see how this slam turns out and then we can worry about the next slam."