Alex De Minaur feels the 15-year-old American Cori Gauff's popularity is increasing more and more. Gauff will face Naomi Osaka on Saturday at the US Open. "She's on TV 24/7", admitted the Australian. "I mean, it's amazing what she's been able to accomplish at such a young age.
I mean, I was watching her match last night. I'm pretty sure the whole of America was watching that match. I mean, it's pretty insane how much the Americans have gotten behind her and it's great to see. The following she has is amazing.
You know, it's good. It's entertainment. I think between the players, I'm sure a lot of even the guys would have tuned in to watch that match. t's unbelievable what she's been able to accomplish at such a young age.
I mean, it's not easy, especially for her here in her home Grand Slam, first time, a lot of expectation coming in, especially after Wimbledon. What she's been able to accomplish is pretty sensational. She's been able to hold on her nerves and play some good tennis, beaten two quality opponents.
You know, I wish her all the best. Hopefully she can keep it going." De Minaur also praised Kei Nishikori: "He's someone I have watched play for -- you know, growing up. I mean, he's been out there on tour for a while now.
It still amazes me, like, his ball-striking ability, how he can absorb and redirect and hit lines with every shot. So I knew coming in that I was going to have to try and keep as much depth as I could, because any sort of short ball, then I was going to get punished. You know, I fought very hard in certain points, and I'm happy that I could finally get my first top-10 win."