John Newcombe drops major praise on Alex De Minaur

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John Newcombe drops major praise on Alex De Minaur

Former world No. 1 John Newcombe praised Alex De Minaur's potential. The 19-year-old Australian player was given the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award earlier this month at the ATP Finals in London and in a recent interview, Newcombe said: 'This kid's something special.

He's just got something. He's done a fantastic job this year and the top eight in the world is certainly there [for him] because he's got a good brain, he's got a great all-court game and he's dedicated to improving himself.' De Minaur achieved his best Grand Slam result at Wimbledon losing to Rafael Nadal in the third round.

In 2019 he wants to reach the second week of a Major for the first time in career. 'That's one of the goals', De Minaur confirmed. 'I played some great tennis this year, especially Wimbledon and the US Open, so I feel like the level's there.

I've been close against the top guys and now it's time to learn from the mistakes I did against those guys and hopefully, I can get over the line in those big matches going forward.' Meanwhile speaking during the "Evening Urgant" TV programme Karen Khachanov revealed how he met his current wife Veronica for the first time.

'I have been knowing Veronica for eight years. Childhood love. Tennis players spend most of their time in airports and flights. Veronica, who was then involved in tennis, was in my same group. I was with my friend shouting and laughing, Veronica turned and he asked her mother: "What kind of idiots are these?" They are flying with us.

And we flew together. That's how our first sight love started', said Khachanov, who recently won the Paris Masters defeating Novak Djokovic in a straight-set final. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title