Aussie Alex de Minaur stuns tennis world with straight sets demolition at US Open proving a ‘nightmare’ for opponent
Aussie Alex de Minaur stuns the tennis world with smashing straight sets at the US Open, proving to be a ‘nightmare’ for the opponent
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Alex de Minaur admits he is a man on a mission after showing off his newfound firepower and making his way to the last 16 of the US Open in New York.
The Australian world number 13, ruthlessly dismantled, put Chilean Nicolas Jarry 6-1 6-3 6-2 and joined Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata in the fourth round.
So often derided for not having the guns to go deep at the grand slams, De Minaur became the base boss and overpowered 25th-seeded Jarry in just one hour and 44 minutes on Saturday.
He broke the South American six times, saved the only break point on his own serve and won an impressive 85 percent of the points after his first delivery.
Tellingly, De Minaur penalized Jarry almost every time he missed a first serve, winning 19 of 27 points on the Chilean’s second delivery.
Alex de Minaur has passed Nicolas Jarry with a landslide victory in straight sets at the US Open
Australian tennis legend Jelena Dokic called De Minaur’s tactics a ‘nightmare’ for opponents
‘I am very happy again. I had a mission to accomplish,” he said.
“I stuck to my game plan. I executed and did everything I wanted. It was a great day at the office and there is a lot to be proud of.
“Obviously the plan against someone like Jerry, who has such big guns, is to try to neutralize him and strike a healthy balance between pushing the ball and still being somewhat aggressive without missing.
“I think I found that phrase today. And it was great to keep that pressure going. If he wanted to win, he would have to come up with some great winners, and that didn’t discourage me.
“I just kept going to the next point and did it all over again.”
Aussie Tennis great Jelena Dokic called the ‘Demon’ tactic a nightmare for his opponent.
“I don’t think any of us expected him to be clinical enough to sideline Jarry like this,” said Australian legend Todd Woodbridge in his commentary.
The reward for the Aussie is a sixth try in the second week at the Majors, his third at Flushing Meadows in the past five years and a likely last-sixteen shot at third-seeded 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev.
Tennis fans were surprised by the relentless performance of the talented young Aussie
Medvedev will play his match in the third round against the Argentinian number 32 in the world, Sebastian Baez, later on Saturday.
De Minaur has beaten Medvedev twice in the past ten months, including in straight sets last month en route to his first appearance in an ATP Masters 1000 final in Toronto.
That victory was De Minaur’s fourth victory over a top-10 rival this season and if they clash, the 24-year-old will use his chances to post another setback on Tuesday (AEST) to end his run to the 2020 quarter-finals. match. in New York City.
De Minaur’s two previous encounters with Jarry resulted in four tiebreaks.
But he broke Jarry’s big serve in Saturday’s opening game, setting the tone for a much more one-sided affair.
De Minaur gave his opponent nothing and committed 10 unforced errors in the entire game, while drawing 40 from Jarry.
When asked if he was a man on a mission, De Minaur said, “Look, I’m in a good headroom.” When I’m on the tennis court, I have very clear thoughts in my head.’
“I know what I want to achieve, what I want to do and it’s always great when you can do that too.
“I think what I bring is the kind of energy and intensity from the first point to the last and it shows because it’s been really helpful in keeping my level up throughout the game.”