Dominic Thiem was full of praise for Alex de Minaur after the Australian gave him a very tough fight in what was a four set win for the Austrian. Thiem beat the 19-year-old 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in a pulsating match that lasted for over three hours. “Alex has proved he's world class this year," Thiem said.
He further added, "At the US Open he played really good which was on a pretty slow hard court so I was not that surprised by how well he played today.” De Minaur too spoke about the match, saying, "I think I was really close," de Minaur said.
"Being up a break in the fourth, I played not my greatest game and then I still had another break point at 4-4 so I really thought I was points away from going to the fifth and then anything could have happened. "At the end of the day, I've just got to learn from these things.
They do sting a lot but it's a learning process for me and hopefully next time I'm in the same situation I don't make the same mistake." Team captain, Lleyton Hewitt said he was proud of his team and how they performed without Nick Kyrgios. "We came here to win, but we also came here to give 100 per cent and leave it all out here, and if we weren't good enough, we weren't good enough," Hewitt said.