Getting to know Alex de Minaur


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Getting to know Alex de Minaur

"I honestly can't believe it ... It's gonna take a while for me ..." Alex said rather surprised to the on-court commentator after his win in straight sets over Milos Raonic at the second round in Brisbane.

But Alex has proven since the 2017 season that he is a stunner, an 'upset' player that has created unimaginable performances when last year he made his debut in Brisbane winning over France's Benoit Paire in the opening round.

Then came his first-time appearance in the main draw of the Australian Open where he beat Austria's Gerald Melzer in 5 thrilling sets. Alex de Minaur is an unbelievable player who was born in Sydney, Australia to a Spanish mom and an Uruguayan father.

He lived in Spain until he was five then moved to Australia. De Minaur speaks three languages English, Spanish and French and became a junior playing sensation ranked as high as number two in the world. In 2016, he was the Australian Open Boys' doubles champ partnering with Blake Ellis.

De Minaur played basically Futures events and the same year he won in doubles again at another event in Spain pairing with Carlos Boluda-Purkiss. It was months later he became a runner-up at the 2016 Wimbledon championships in a three-set battle with the NextGen Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Last year De Minaur had a tight bond with Lleyton Hewitt and even had lived in Hewitt's house. "It was great to just have that inside advice all the time and get his thoughts on everything", he'd told the media.

"I stayed with him in Sydney and also at his place in Melbourne ..." Alex de Minaur's confidence continued to soar as he won last season a Futures singles and doubles event in Portugal and his appearance in this year's 2018 Brisbane International's main draw was only icing on a big sweet picture of what he had the potential to be.

This Brisbane event brought the Australian a first-round win over America's Steve Johnson who has many accolades of earning the US Men's Clay Court Championships over Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci and in 2016 won the Aegon Open in Nottingham as well as a Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in doubles with Jack Sock.

The opening was the victory of 7-6, 6-4 for the laid-back Australian as he was enthusiastic and stunned at the same time saying "I couldn't ask for more ... I beat a high-quality opponent and I'm stoked". It was DeMinaur's persistence and focus to come up with incredible passing shots and down-the-liners that played a major part in his defeating Johnson.

But his other test was to come in the second round to play Milos Raonic ranked no. 24 who had been battling injuries previously and won his last title in 2016 at Brisbane. "Next up, I've got a quality opponent so I'm going to look forward to battling it out with him and seeing what I can do there".

DeMinaur managed to stay focused and came up with brilliant strategies to win in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 over Raonic. "Every match you play you have to have some belief that you're gonna win that match", he happily said after his win over the Canadian and even though it seemed unbelievable as he was playing he never lost his confidence in defying the odds that he could do well in the main draw event.

He had mentioned that "It's going to be a new experience" in playing Milos Raonic since it was their maiden meeting at the second round. "My phone started to blow up after my match", he eagerly said to the on-court commentator, but it was obvious the result was of his game also blowing up and if he keeps up this momentum, he might be looking at his first well deserved Grand Slam or ATP title very soon.