Rod Laver to Alex de Minaur: You are definitely on right road

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Rod Laver to Alex de Minaur: You are definitely on right road

Australian tennis legend Rod Laver has encouraged rising star Alex de Minaur to continue working hard as he insists the 19-year-old is on the right road. De Minaur, who is enjoying his career-high ranking of No. 29 in the world, is currently the top-ranked Australian male tennis player.

The Australian has made a good start to the season as he captured his maiden ATP title at the Sydney International before the opening Grand Slam of the season. The 19-year-old was motivated to make a deep run at Melbourne Park this year and beat some top names -- but fell short in his attempt.

De Minaur beat Pedro Sousa and Henri Laaksonen in his opening two matches at Melbourne Park before he lost to 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Nadal, ranked at No. 2 in the world, handed a 6-1 6-2 6-4 loss to the 19-year-old.

De Minaur was playing in the Australian Open main draw for the third time in his career. The Australian will be leaving the Australian Open with a career-best result achieved at Melbourne Park.

In his previous two Australian Open appearances, de Minaur lost in the second round two years ago before he was beaten in his opener a year ago respectively. Also read: Dominic Thiem reveals what went wrong for him against Alexei Popyrin