Alex de Minaur optimistic about US Open chances | August 27, 2022 | All news | News and Features | News and Events
Australia’s top-ranked player, Alex de Minaur, is looking forward to this year’s US Open, where he is seeded 18th in the men’s singles draw.
New York, USA, August 27, 2022 | Leigh Rogers
There are plenty of reasons for Alex de Minaur to feel positive ahead of his sixth US Open campaign.
The 23-year-old Australian arrives in New York as the No. 18 seed and buoyed by memories of strong past performances at the tournament, which includes a career-best quarter-final in 2020.
“I always ended up playing some of my best tennis here, so it’s always good to come back,” De Minaur said. tennis.com.au.
De Minaur has also won 13 of his last 18 matches and recently won his sixth ATP singles title in Atlanta.
And above all, he is happy.
“I’m in a good frame of mind, more than anything,” said De Minaur, when asked to explain his recent good form.
“I enjoy what I do. I feel like last year I faced complications after having COVID, my confidence just wasn’t really there and physically I wasn’t feeling my best.
“But since then, I have worked a lot and I feel very good. Mentally, I’m happy. Physically, I worked a lot so I feel good on the court too. I think all of those things click and that’s why I get to show off some of my best tennis.
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Embracing a more positive mindset has been a constant priority for De Minaur this season.
“In the end, it’s up to you whether you want to be in a good mood or a bad mood,” he explained.
“I really tried to be on the positive side of the spectrum, because ultimately that brings out the best results in me. It’s not always the easiest thing, but I do my best.
This approach means De Minaur takes on the challenge of facing world number 45 Filip Krajinovic in the first round at Flushing Meadows.
They have played once before, with De Minaur winning a three-set battle in Cincinnati last year.
“He’s a quality opponent, he can play good tennis. He’s beaten some really top players, so it’s going to be a very tough first round,” noted the top-ranked Australian, who is due to compete on Monday. .
“At the end of the day, that’s what we’re here for, for these types of matches. So I’ll be ready. I’m playing well, I’m happy with my level, so hopefully I can play good tennis for five sets. and be prepared for an absolute battle there.
De Minaur is one of 10 Australians in this year’s men’s singles draw – the most since 1998, when Pat Rafter beat Mark Philippoussis in an all-Australian final.
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