Alex de Minaur: I felt I was playing my game against Rafael Nadal


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Alex de Minaur: I felt I was playing my game against Rafael Nadal

Rising Australian star Alex de Minaur felt he was playing his game against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the ATP Cup but still it wasn't enough for him to stun the world No. 1 in front of his home fans in Sydney. De Minaur, ranked at a career-high ranking of No.

18 in the world, performed extremely well for the almost two full sets but then his level dropped and the 19-time Grand Slam champion won 4-6 7-5 6-1. The two players were tied at five games apiece in the second set before Nadal claimed three breaks in a row to force a a third set and then win the opening four games of the decider.

"I know I’ve got this level. I mean, I’m showing it,” de Minaur said, per the AAP. “It’s time for me to get in that mindset more often, in the mindset where I’m believing that I can take it to anyone.

“In that match, that’s how I felt. I felt like I was playing my game and I was doing it my way. Didn’t matter what was happening. I was going to commit to my game plan and keep going for my shots and keep backing myself."