Australian star Alex de Minaur thinks that regardless of Novak Djokovic profitable the Australian Open and Roland Garros titles this 12 months, the youthful technology, led by World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, is closing the hole.
Alongside the Russian, Dominic Thiem lifted the US Open final September, beating 24-year-old Alexander Zverev within the remaining. Roland Garros finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, who’s 22, is at present second within the FedEx ATP Race To Turin.
“They’re undoubtedly knocking on these doorways and beating these prime guys in these tournaments,” De Minaur stated. “In terms of profitable the Grand Slams, clearly we now have had Novak win the previous couple. Look, I believe we’re getting nearer and nearer.
“I do know everybody out there may be gunning to be the subsequent Grand Slam champ, and to attempt to make that huge step. All of the gamers are on the market, they’re doing all the pieces they’ll to make that step, and take over.”
The 22-year-old believes the expertise that youthful gamers have gained previously 12 months has been invaluable in serving to cut back the hole. Nonetheless, De Minaur admits there may be nonetheless extra work to be executed.
“I believe numerous it’s expertise, as nicely. Each time we get to play these matches, we get to study loads and enhance and lose respect for these kind of gamers. That is solely a very good factor, as a result of meaning we are able to go on the market and attempt to play prefer it’s simply one other match,
and extra instances than not, we’ll find yourself taking part in a greater match, and if not win, get actually shut,” De Minaur stated.
“Time is clearly on our facet, and each match, day-after-day that goes by, we now have a bit extra of an opportunity. However saying that, it is undoubtedly not executed but. They’re mentioning some unbelievable tennis to today, so it’ll be fully robust. However, I believe we’re all prepared for the problem,” De Minaur added.
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The Australian is at present at a career-high No. 18 within the FedEx ATP Rankings after reaching the semi-finals on the cinch Championships (l. to Berrettini) in London final week. He’s the second seed on the Viking Worldwide Eastbourne this week, and is eager to proceed his good grass-court kind on the south coast of England.
“I am very proud of my week at Queen’s. I really feel like I’ve been regularly bettering each week on the grass,” De Minaur stated. “The grass season is all the time certainly one of my favorite components of the 12 months. I am having fun with my time within the UK.
“I’ve all the time loved the grass. I believe it fits my recreation. I can be a bit extra aggressive. I can use my motion, and attempt to sneak in and are available to the online loads. I simply all the time just like the quicker-paced courts.”
De Minaur will face both America’s Frances Tiafoe or British wild card, Liam Broady within the first spherical in Eastbourne.