(Photo : Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Alex de Minaur of Australia and Novak Djokovic of Serbia embrace on the web within the fourth spherical singles match throughout day eight of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.
“Yeah, look, it’s no secret Novak Djokovic’s level, it’s incredible, and he’s probably the GOAT, if we’re honest. So he started the year strong. It’s going to be obviously extremely tough, but it will be a challenge that I’ll be looking forward to to hopefully going out there and show what I can do.”
These are the phrases of Alex de Minaur hours earlier than assembly the person with essentially the most variety of Grand Slam titles.
The end result of the Novak Djokovic-Alex de Minaur showdown is just not precisely what followers anticipated. A GOAT was slayed.
Minaur dropped the defending Australian Open champs in two units a 12 months after he bowed to the identical man in the identical match.
Fans had been surprised, and Minaur couldn’t clarify his pleasure after the United Cup match.
“It’s extremely special. It feels surreal, it feels amazing. I’m happy to do it here in Perth and in Australia,” he mentioned in entrance of the joyous residence crowd.
It was certainly an unbelievable night time for Australians.
Minaur, who hails from Sydney, gave his residence nation one thing to be happy with, though it was at fan-favorite Djokovic’s expense.
The Serbian’s 43-game successful streak in Australia (each within the United Cup and Australian Open) has come to an finish, no because of the 24-year-old right-handed participant.
Minaur’s title is trending proper now, and that is in all probability essentially the most in depth protection he is had in his younger profession.
Who is Alex di Minaur?
Minaur has twin Australian and Spanish citizenship, though he performs underneath the flag of the Land Down Under. His household moved to Spain when he was 5 years outdated.
He has performed tennis since he was three years outdated and made his skilled debut at 16 by way of the Spain F22.
He has a protracted skilled relationship with Adolfo Guttierez Ferrol, who has been his coach ever since. The man, who can be Alex’s predominant on-tour coach, is the director of a tennis academy known as 40-15 Club Deportivo.
His present whole prize cash is US$10,534,509, though he has but to win a Grand Slam.
Before his victory over Novak, Alex di Minaur had already downed world no. 1 gamers.
The most notable is his successful file 6-0 in opposition to former world no. 1 Andy Murray.
He additionally battled Rafael Nadal 4 instances and recorded only one win within the 2023 United Cup.
Minaur met one other GOAT candidate, Roger Feder, and misplaced.
Carlos Alcaraz, who made headlines final 12 months for beating Djokovic to win the 2023 Wimbledon Open, beat him in all their two conferences.
Although the Grand Slam stays elusive for the 24-year-old, he has gained titles already.
He thus far has seven ATP titles underneath his title, all from ATP 250 and ATP 500: Los Cabos 2023, Atlanta Open 2019 and 2022, Eastbourne International 2021, Antalya Open 2021, Ultimate Tennis Showdown 2020 (exhibition), the primary version of Zhuhai Championships (2020), and the Sydney International 2020.
In phrases of Grand Slam, the farthest he is reached is the quarterfinals of the 2020 US Open, the place he misplaced to eventual champion Dominic Thiem.
Minaur’s highest rating was 58 in 2020, and he’s at the moment the world no. 221 as of October 2023.
Australia received an ace for themselves if this Djokovic win conjures up Minaur within the succeeding years.
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