#NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur is thought for his blazing pace. However he made historical past along with his serve eventually 12 months’s Truist Atlanta Open.
Then 20, he misplaced a mere seven first-serve factors all through the week (116/123) to grow to be the youngest winner in match historical past. De Minaur didn’t face a break level in his 4 matches and held in all 42 service video games, changing into solely the third participant since stats began being saved in 1991 to win a match with out going through a break level (Haas 2007 Memphis, Isner 2017 Newport).
“This one is de facto particular to me,” De Minaur mentioned. “I felt like I actually wanted this. To begin the 12 months with a bang after which be slowed down by accidents… you anticipate your degree to be proper there when you come again, however you need to slowly grind your method again.”
De Minaur arrived on the ATP 250 attempting to win consecutive matches for the primary time since February, when he gained a Davis Cup match after which earned a victory in his first match on the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco. A groin damage had hampered the rising star.
However earlier than occurring his spectacular run in Atlanta, De Minaur already had a optimistic mindset.
“I really feel like I’m doing all the best issues, placing myself on the market. If it doesn’t occur this week, subsequent week or the week after, I’m going to maintain doing the identical issues,” De Minaur mentioned initially of the week. “I’m going to do all the best issues, be mentally robust, bodily robust and I’m taking part in good tennis, so I believe it’s only a matter of time.”
De Minaur misplaced not more than two first-serve factors in any of his 4 matches, defeating Bradley Klahn, Bernard Tomic, Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz to elevate the trophy. In a 6-3, 7-6(2), victory in opposition to Fritz within the closing, he solely dropped 10 service factors.
“I don’t suppose I might begin the American hard-court season any higher than this,” mentioned De Minaur. “I’m proud of the place I’m and having fun with on daily basis. I can’t wait to get again on court docket and preserve enhancing.”