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Alex de Minaur: Five Facts About Australia’s Latest Tennis Star

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17-year-old Alex de Minaur has made headlines on the opening day at the Australian Open. Making his debut in the main draw of a grand slam tournament, the teenager stunned Austria’s Gerald Melzer 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, saving a match point on route. The win comes only two weeks after he made his ATP Tour debut in Brisbane, where he stunned Benoit Paire in the first round.

De Minaur is the first 17-year-old to win a grand slam match on the men’s tour since Borna Coric at the 2014 US Open. Tipped by many in his home country as the next big things in the men’s game, here are five things to know about the rising star.

Comes from a multi-national background

De Minaur was born in Sydney on February 17th 1999. His mother comes from Spain and father comes from Uruguay. He lived in Alicante, Spain until the age of five before he moved to Australia, where he was mentored by the national tennis body. Due to his international routes, de Minaur can speak English, Spanish and French.

Had a successful junior career

In February 2016, the Australian peaked at a high of 2nd in the world on the junior tour. Achieving good performances in both singles and doubles, De Minaur is the current Australian Open boys’ doubles champion and reached the final in the singles category at Wimbledon. His combined win-loss record on the junior circuit is 178 – 97 according to figures provided by the ITF.

Reached his first Challenger final in 2016

De Minaur’s first senior breakthrough occurred last November in Germany at the Bauer Watertechnology Cup, a Challenger event. After coming through qualifying, he knocked out Kenny de Schepper, Jurgen Melzer and Franko Skugor in the main draw on his way to the final. He was denied his first Challenger title by Belgium’s Steve Darcis.

Currently he has only won one senior trophy – a doubles title from a Futures tournament in Spain.

Has a close bond with Lleyton Hewitt

Seven-time grand slam doubles champion John Fitzgerald describes Minaur as “a young Lleyton Hewitt’. It is an association that will delight the teenager.

In recent years de Minaur has been cheered on and mentored by Hewitt. Leading up to this year’s Australian Open, the youngster has been residing in Hewitt’s house.

“It was great to just have that inside advice all the time and get his thoughts on everything,” De Minaur told Fairfax Media.
“It was a great preparation for the Australian Open. A very tough pre-season and I couldn’t be happier. I stayed with him in Sydney and also at his place in Melbourne. At the French Open last year in the juniors, he came out and we had a nice chat and told me that he would be very supportive of everything I needed.
“It’s been unbelievable the amount of stuff he’s done for me. I couldn’t be more grateful. I spent time with his family and we went out with the family for dinner together … it was nice.”

Hewitt was also 17 when he won his first grand slam match.

Nicknamed ‘Demon’ by fellow teammates

During his time as an orange boy (hitting partner) during Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Slovakia, De Minaur earnt the nickname ‘Demon’. It was given to him be teammates Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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(VIDEO) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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