Australia's Alex de Minaur absolutely enjoyed playing on Rod Laver Arena and clinching a win. De Minaur delivered a strong performance on Saturday as he beat Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4 6-2 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
De Minaur blew an early first set break but broke Andujar again in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game. After winning the first set, de Minaur broke Andujar third game of the second set and served out for a two-set lead in the 10th game.
Andujar started the third set well as he led 2-1 after the opening three games but then de Minaur claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to book a straight-set win. “It was pretty exciting to play here on Rod Laver Arena at 7pm and in front of the great Rod Laver himself,” de Minaur said, per Tennis Australia.
“It’s a pretty amazing feeling and I got the win, so what more can I ask for. “I love playing here, the atmosphere is electric. There’s no place I’d rather be. I’m in my home Slam, doing what I love.
I’m living the dream”.
De Minaur plays Jannik Sinner next
De Minaur has been showing aggressive tennis at Melbourne Park and he plans to continue doing that when he meets Sinner. De Minaur says backing down against the top players will get you nowhere.
"To take it to these top guys, you know, you've got to be aggressive and really take it to them. You can't just sit back and let them bully you around. That was a focus, to really kind of step that up and just have aggressive mindset.
You know, I'm happy I've been able to start the year playing that way, and playing some great tennis and getting the results thanks to that. Now it's all about just keep building on that," de Minaur explained.