Rising Australian star Alex de Minaur has a close relationship with John Millman but the two battled on the grass courts of the Queen's Club on Tuesday. De Minaur, ranked at No. 22 in the world, took down Millman 6-1 6-3 to safely progress into the Queen's quarterfinal.
De Minaur made a perfect start to the match, having broken Millman in back-to-back games to take a 4-0 lead. De Minaur earned his third break of the match in the seventh to easily win the opener. Millman recovered from a break down in the second set but lost his serve again in the eighth game as de Minaur served out for the match in the ninth game.
“I’m very close to Johnny, so I want him to do as well as possible and would have loved for him to be on the other side of the draw and go deep,” De Minaur said. “In a way, it also brings a certain level of respect towards the match and in some ways it actually helps me.
I can kind of tell myself to be more focused and try to worry about my side of the court more. I think I handled that very well today and [I am] very happy with my performance”.
De Minaur happy with his Queen's campaign
De Minaur, who beat Laslo Djere in the first round, plays next wither Marin Cilic or Fabio Fognini.
“It’s a surface that I feel like I adapt pretty quickly to,” De Minaur said. “I’ve gotten two good wins here, so it’s a work in progress, I’m getting better every week and I’m just enjoying this part of the season”.
“A huge win for me and definitely a big step up from my first round on Monday,” Norrie said in his on-court interview. “All credit to him, he’s having a great year. He’s won a lot this year, so it’s a huge win for me and another match on the grass. It’s all invaluable stuff”.