It was about two years I watched Alex De Minaur for the first time.
Brisbane against Milos Raonic and I knew from the first couple of minutes, this guy has game.
I’ve said this before but the shout of “OH YEAH” on the service return winner he hit is one of those things you just don’t forget.
Over the last two years he has gone from strength to strength.
24 hours after landing in Melbourne in January last year I booked a night session ticket for Rod Laver Arena. I was battling awfully bad jet lag but saved my sleep for the Uber ride home as I couldn’t miss seeing Alex live against Nadal.
I’ve loved watching Alex improve his game over the last couple of years, last year in particular he really improved his level. You can see that in his performances, he hits his shots with intent. It doesn’t matter him being on the run because his athleticism and skill allows him to hit these jaw-dropping shots.
This week in ATP Cup has seen him in a different light as well. We know how much playing for his country means to him. He had his number 109 which denotes his Davis Cup nomination.
We have seen the usual relentless running from De Minaur but it isn’t running without intention and purpose.
You can run and chase balls down but his ability to redirect traffic and turn defence into attack is something you can’t teach. You either have it or you don’t.
This start to the season has been fantastic to see from Alex. I do hope for bigger things for him this season, he seems very head strong and sure of himself but not in an arrogant way.
I’m excited to see what the season holds for him, he doesn’t really speak about targets but I imagine a good run in Melbourne and a run at a Masters 1000 event would be high on that list. Maybe a spot in London?