Alex De Minaur grew up in Spain, and he has watched a ton of Rafael Nadal's matches. The Australian, who trains in Alicante, will face the Mallorca native on Friday at the Australian Open and in press conference he spoke about the 32-year-old's popularity in the tournament.
'Rafa is pretty much like the king in Spain,' De Minaur said. 'He's done so much amazing things for the sport. He's had that many achievements. It's pretty incredible. It's going to be fun for me to get out on court and be able to test where I am.
I think this is what you play for: to play the biggest guys and the best guys at the top of their level on the biggest stages. You just got to go out there, enjoy, just thrive off the atmosphere.' De Minaur continued: 'You watch that many matches of Rafa, he's won that many Grand Slams.
Yeah, I remember that one, watching it. He's still Rafa. I mean, whenever he steps out on court, he always has that presence. No one can take that away from him. I just got to go out there, try to focus on my side of the court, generally just go out there, have fun, just hopefully take it to him,' concluded the 19-year-old.